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9 Years between death & probate-why?

9 Years between death & probate-why?

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 10:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
I've just found the probate records for my great grand father who died in April 1953 yet probate was November 1966. Why would it have taken so long? Probate was to his eldest grandaughters husband and a family solicitor. He had 3 children, my grandfather who died in 1963, another son who lived in Australia and also might have died by 1966 and a daughter who I know little about.

Any clues please

Re: 13 Years between death & probate-why?

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 10:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Just to rectify my own mistake...13 years, not 9

Re: 13 Years between death & probate-why?

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 12:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
The Will may have been contested and it took that long for it to become finalized. There may have been more than one Last Will and in the end a judge has to decide which one was valid.

There are legal wranglings by family members and their attorneys (solicitors) to make it a long drawn-out process (and in the meantime, family members die so it all goes to one person).

It may have taken that long to make sure all assets were found and liquidated into the Estate if the person didn't have all of his affairs in order at the time of death. (The surviving members of the family have to hunt down and locate those assets).

There might have been economic hurdles to overcome as there are many fees to pay in order to enter a Last Will into probate; court costs, et al. Would the Estate have enough money to cover those costs or did fees have to be paid upfront by the surviving family members?

Those are just a few of the possible reasons ...

Re: 13 Years between death & probate-why?

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 1:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for such a prompt reply. I thought it might be something like that.

Meanwhile I've just found probate for my grandfather the previous year, 1965 to the same 2 people, my late uncle and the family solicitor.
My Great grandfathers effects were £598, my grandfathers £2210, not a great deal but obviously worth more then than today.


My aunt & uncle dealt with the estates of several close members of our small family over the years. As he was an Insurance manager I guess he was familiar with finances.


Many thanks
Bernadette
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