Most estates need to be “probated” in court. What used to be known as a “probate certificate” is now known as a “certificate of appointment of estate trustee with a will” (or “without a will,” as the case may be).
In practice, such a certificate gives the estate trustee/executor the authority to administer the estate. Most financial institutions will require a notarial copy of the certificate of appointment of estate trustee before they will allow an estate trustee to access or receive funds.
de VRIES LITIGATION has significant experience with probate applications. We provide advice about whether probate is required at all and how to deal with primary and secondary estates. We can also help draft and file the requisite court application and calculate the estate administration tax payable.