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Glossary of Terms for Probate

Probate Terms Explained

Throughout the site there are various terms used, the guide below explains what they are and mean :-

  • 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


The British and Irish legal Institute

Inland Revenue

The Land Registry

Age Concern

The Probate Service

The Office of the Public Guardian

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

The unclaimed assets register

The Treasury solicitor ( who handle Bona Vacantia cases

The Law Society

The Treasury solicitor ( who handle Bona Vacantia cases)

Probate Records
Probate Records/standing searches etc

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