When someone dies, it is usually necessary to deal with the ‘winding up’ of their estate. This means sorting out their property and affairs in accordance with their Will – or if there is no Will, in accordance with the Administration of Estates Act.
Where there is a Will
If someone leaves a Will, it is usually necessary to apply for a Grant of Probate to give the Executor (the person appointed in the Will to manage the estate), the authority to do deal with everything.
Where there is no Will
If there is no Will, it may be necessary to apply for someone to be appointed an Administrator, to take on the role of winding up the affairs. In this case, the authority is called a Grant of Letters of Administration.