It is a legal document that allows your executor(s) or administrator(s) take control of a deceased estate and distribute it accordingly.
What is the difference between a Grant of Probate and a Grant of Letter of Administration?
You would typically apply for a Grant of Probate if there is a Will left behind by the deceased whereas, you would apply for a Grant of Letter of Administration when the deceased passed on intestate (without a Will). In such cases, the Deceased’s Estate will be distributed in accordance to the Intestate Succession Act (ISA).
What is Intestate Succession Act (ISA)?
It is the law on how an Deceased’s estate is distributed in the event he/she dies intestate.
See below on how the law dictates the distribution.
The application for the Grant of Probate / Grant of Letter of Administration typically takes about 4-8 weeks from the date of submission of the documents to Court. However, this varies from case to case – For example, if the Court requires clarification on certain matters, the process will be delayed.