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    #16
    My experience is similar to JPK's: I sorted my MiL's probate (wife & SiL were formal executors but I get to do the paperwork in this family...)

    Nobody asked to see will apart I think from bloke at probate office. Not Land registry, banks, building socs, pension scheme, estate agents (renting & selling) etc etc - nobody. And they were all reasonably helpful IIRC.
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #17
      Wills become public once probate is granted.
      By that time any issues raised by the will and who will inherit will be sorted.
      Before then it's nobody's business but those directly involved.

      Mariner's points about certified copies is a good correction.
      I would certainly recommend a family solicitor to administer the probate process, it was a difficult and stressful task for me, which caused delay as much as anything else, because I kept avoiding dealing with things.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #18
        Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
        Nobody asked to see will apart I think from bloke at probate office. Not Land registry, banks, building socs, pension scheme, estate agents (renting & selling) etc etc - nobody. And they were all reasonably helpful IIRC.
        All quite normal. None of those people need to see the will because the probate is the authority to deal with the executor. It is only when there is no probate that it is different and that the will can be demanded.

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          #19
          There can only be 1 original death Certificate provided; what is required is Certified Copies of Original ie not a photocopy of Original. 6 Certified copies should suffice.
          The above is correct if you change "death certificate" to "grant of probate" (or any other grant). Sealed copies of the grant do not included a copy of the will. A copy is annexed to the original grant of probate and the original retained by the Probate Registry.

          All death certificates issued by the registrar are equal and are certificates of what is on the register, which is the "original".

          Sometimes you need a death certificate and sometimes a sealed copy of the grant. If an asset is joint and held as joint tenants the asset automatically passes to the survivor(s) and what is needed is a death certificate. A grant of probate is not strictly evidence of death, though many accept it as such.

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