What is a grant of representation?
A grant of representation is a document obtained from the court to prove the legal authority of the person(s) entrusted to deal with the deceased person’s estate, for example to transfer or sell property or to close bank accounts. The people responsible for this are known as the ‘personal representatives’.
If there is no will, the personal representatives are called the administrators and they will instead obtain a grant of letters of administration.
If there is a will, but it does not adequately appoint an executor or the executor renounces before the estate administration starts, then the personal representative (who may be a beneficiary named in the will) must obtain a grant of letters of administration with the will annexed in order to administer the estate and give effect to the will.
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