In general, a grant of probate will not be issued from the probate registry within seven days of the date of death and a grant of letters of administration will not be issued within fourteen days of the date of death. In exceptional cases, a district judge or probate registrar may give leave for the grant to be issued earlier, but the applicant will first have to explain the need for expedition by way of a letter accompanying the application (Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987, SI 1987/2024, Rule 6(2)).
Please see the Law Society’s Probate Practitioner’s Handbook (7th edition), which is available to purchase from our on-line bookshop
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