Grant of Probate

Discussion in 'Wills, inheritances and gifts' started by Ccull123, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Prosper

    Prosper Frequent Poster

    Not sure if solr has to attend meeting with Probate Office and if they do I'm nor sure if a solr would get the appointment sooner than a personal applicant but when I was in the Probate Office a few days ago I think they said that a solr would not get the appointment sooner and they definitely said that it would be about 6 months from time they receive the application/correctly completed forms to when they call you for the meeting/interview. We used a solicitor for my mothers affairs two years ago and from memory it was many months, maybe even a year before the funeral directors were paid. I got this done by dealing with Dads bank myself to set up the executor account and the funeral director was paid within weeks. I think a solicitor would take a lot longer to get all the preliminary fiddly stuff done than executors would themselves.
  2. stiofan85

    stiofan85 Registered User

    Thought I'd weigh in with my experience of Probate while buying a house in Dublin.

    Went Sale Agreed 20th July.
    Signed contracts 1st week of September.
    Seller's solicitor requested to expedite Probate last week of September.
    Received notice that Probate was granted earlier this week (5.5 weeks after request submitted)
    Expecting to have keys by end of November

    All in, it will have taken 4 months from Sale Agreed. We probably could have shaved 2 weeks off if we'd gotten our loan offer together sooner but we had a few delays with documentation due to various parties being on holidays in August.
  3. elcato

    elcato Moderator

    Interesting that the solicitor only asked for the expediency on the date the contract was signed as oppose to the sale agreed date but it seems that this speeds up the grant very sharpish. I'm guessing that you signed the contract but the seller did not in September.
  4. JohnJay

    JohnJay Frequent Poster

    On the house I am buying, the probate office received the paperwork in Mid-July and grant is expected in 2 weeks time, so this is 4.5 months. This is without the solicitor asking to expedite, but she says that she can if she wants. I only signed contracts this week so she hasn't asked to expedite. She says she needs a signed contract to get it done faster, but my own solicitor says that she often gets them done faster just with a Sales Agreed notice from the EA.
  5. Busyla

    Busyla New Member

    afaik a signed contract is required by the Probate Office before they will expedite the application, they will not expedite on a sale agreed notice. Personal applications generally take longer than applications lodged by solicitors and the probate fees charged by the probate office are doubled for personal applications. I know many solicitors who will deal with probate applications for considerably less than the 8-10K quoted earlier.
  6. stiofan85

    stiofan85 Registered User

    I should also clarify, Seller's Solicitor only applied for GOP 6th of August. Solicitor told us the Probate Office won't expedite without signed contract.
  7. Curlywurly

    Curlywurly Registered User

    I think you have misunderstood the time frame for probate in a personal application. The Grant should issue within 2 weeks of the appointment if all is in order at the appointment. The waiting time for the appointment is currently approx 36 weeks from date of lodgement of the application.
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