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Glossary of Terms for Probate

  • Administrator
    – typically the person dealing with the deceased’s affairs when there is no will
  • Bequest
    – the term given to the making of a gift in a will
  • Codicil
    – a legal document which seeks to amend or alter a will. A codicil must be correctly executed in the same
  • Estate
    – the term given to all the assets of a deceased person
  • Executor
    – person(s) appointed in a will to administer an estate
  • Inheritance tax
    – tax payable to the Inland revenue when the estate is over the current inheritance threshold ( currently £325,000 )
  • Intestate
    – when someone dies without leaving a will
  • Issue
    – the children or descendants of a person
  • Legacy
    – a gift in a will
  • Grant of letters of administration
    – legal document issued by the probate registry when there is no will
  • Life interest
    – entitlement to receive income or a benefit under a will or an intestacy
  • Nil Rate band
    – the value of an estate on which inheritance tax is not payable
  • Proving the will
    – the process of making the application to the probate registry
  • Probate Registry
    – the court responsible for the issue of grants of probate and the administration of all probate matters
  • Testator
    – the person who makes a will

   USEFUL LINKS

The British and Irish legal Institute
www.bailii

Inland Revenue
www.hmrc.gov.uk

The Land Registry
www.landregistry.gov.uk

Age Concern
www.ageuk.org.uk

The Probate Service
www.justice.gov.uk

The Office of the Public Guardian
 www.publicguardian.gov.uk/

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners 
www.step.org/

The unclaimed assets register
 www.uar.co.uk/

The Treasury solicitor ( who handle Bona Vacantia cases 
www.tsol.gov.uk/

The Law Society 
www.lawsociety.org.uk/home.law

The Treasury solicitor ( who handle Bona Vacantia cases)
www.tsol.gov.uk/

Probate Records
Probate Records/standing searches etc

Need help with probate?
Call our probate helpline on: 0844 7400948

National Probate Helpline tel: 01482 638400