What are Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration

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Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration

In Ireland, Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration are legal documents issued by the Probate Office that authorise an individual to manage the estate of a deceased person. These documents serve as evidence of the executor’s or administrator’s authority to administer the deceased person’s assets, including property, finances, and other belongings.

Here’s a brief overview of each:

Grant of Probate

A Grant of Probate is issued when the deceased person left a valid will and appointed an executor to administer their estate. The executor named in the will applies to the Probate Office for a Grant of Probate, which confirms the validity of the will and authorises the executor to carry out the deceased person’s wishes as outlined in the will.

The Grant of Probate provides legal authority to the executor to distribute assets, settle debts, and handle other matters related to the estate.

Letters of Administration

If the deceased person did not leave a valid will (intestate) or if the will does not name an executor, the next of kin or another interested party can apply for Letters of Administration.

This document appoints an administrator to manage the estate according to the rules of intestacy, which govern how the estate is distributed in the absence of a will. The administrator is typically a close relative of the deceased, such as a spouse, child, or parent, and is responsible for administering the estate in accordance with the law.

Both Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration are obtained through an application process to the Probate Office, which involves submitting relevant documents, including the death certificate, original will (if applicable), inventory of assets and liabilities, and any other required forms or affidavits.

Once granted, these documents provide the legal authority necessary to administer the deceased person’s estate, including selling property, distributing assets to beneficiaries, and settling outstanding debts and taxes.

It’s important to note that the process of obtaining Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration can vary depending on the complexity of the estate, the presence of a valid will, and other factors.


Mullins Treacy LLP solicitors offer invaluable assistance to individuals navigating the complex legal processes of obtaining Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration in Ireland.

With our expertise in probate law and estate administration, we provide personalised guidance and support to executors, administrators, and beneficiaries throughout every step of the process. From preparing the necessary documentation and making applications to the Probate Office to ensuring compliance with legal requirements and addressing any challenges that may arise, our team is committed to delivering comprehensive and effective solutions tailored to our clients’ needs.

With Mullins Treacy LLP solicitors by your side, you can navigate the probate process with confidence, knowing that your legal affairs are in capable hands.

Call us on 051 391 488 or email reception@mullinstreacy.ie for a no obligation enquiry.

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