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What is Probate, and do I Have to Apply for it?
Although a Will becomes effective upon death, in the vast majority of cases, it is necessary to have the Will probated. Probate refers to a process whereby the Court issues a document known as a “Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee” (previously known as “Letters Probate”). This document is court confirmation to third parties that the executor named in the Will has the authority to deal with estate assets.