In some circumstances if you wish to deal with the estate of someone who has died you will have to apply for letters of administration, instead of probate.

You have to apply for letters of administration if:

  • There is no valid Will
  • There are no executors named in the will
  • The executors cannot or are unwilling to act

If there is a valid will, you can apply for letters of administration if the person who died left all of their estate to you in the Will and
the executors are not named, or cannot act. The rules around letters of administration can become complex and taking advice from a specialist firm of solicitors is advisable.

If there is no valid Will, and you are the next-of-kin, you can apply to be an administrator in the following order of priority:

  1. The married partner/ civil partner of the person who has died
  2. The child of the person who has died
  3. The grandchild of the person who has died
  4. The parent of the person who has died
  5. The brother or sister of the person who has died
  6. The nephew or niece of the person who has died
  7. Another relative of the person who has died

For advice on applying for letters of administration in Blackpool and Fylde Coast click here or call Blackpool 629300 and ask for Jim Egan or Katy Shakeshaft.