So you’ve been appointed as executor of a will – What next? The death of a loved family member or friend is invariably a difficult time, and without a properly implemented estate plan, it can become an unfortunate burden on the executor of the deceased person’s estate – once again reaffirming the importance of fulsome estate planning that can minimise distress at that unfortunate time.
So you know what probate is (and if you don’t, see our article “What is Probate” here). The next question usually is, "Do I need a grant of probate?"
At its most basic level, a grant of probate is simply a Supreme Court order, given to an executor, that identifies the executor as the person to deal with the deceased person’s estate.