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Grants of Probate - Overseas

Title Research can obtain and reseal Grants of Probate almost anywhere in the world. If you are dealing with an estate comprising overseas assets, you may be required to either obtain Probate or reseal the existing Grant of Probate in the country where the asset exists before being in a position to deal with any foreign assets such as bank accounts, share holdings and property.

Our Asset Valuation and Transfer team will handle the process from start to finish with fees fixed in advance for peace of mind. Once the Grant of Probate or reseal has been obtained, we can deal with the repatriation of the asset or arrange its sale, enabling you to distribute the estate.

What is a Grant of Probate?
A Grant of Probate is a legal document authorising the Executors to deal with the estate.

What is a reseal?
The Grant of Probate is sealed for use in the country in which it was issued. If an Estate has assets located in another jurisdiction, the local Court or equivalent office can make an order confirming that the Grant is valid for use in their jurisdiction and this is called a reseal. This means the Estate avoids having to apply for Probate in the jurisdiction where the assets are located.

Why is an overseas Grant of Probate or reseal required for a UK estate?
If the deceased held assets in another country, such as a holiday home in the Bahamas or shares in Australia, then either a Grant of Probate or a reseal of the existing UK Grant of Probate may be required, as the UK Grant is not valid in that jurisdiction.

Which jurisdictions require a new Grant of Probate and which ones require a reseal?
It depends on the jurisdiction. For example, jurisdictions such as Jersey and Ireland require a new Grant, whilst Hong Kong requires the UK Grant to be resealed. In some countries it can also depend on the value of the asset . We can advise you on each jurisdiction and handle the process for you.

Who should I contact if I need to obtain an overseas Grant or reseal?
Please contact us on on 0345 87 27 600 or email at for a no obligation discussion of your case or if you have any further questions.

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