Legal terms that might come in handy
Personal Representatives (PRs)- This means executors or administrators. If there’s more than one PR, they must work together to decide matters, but disagreements between PRs can cause delays.
Beneficiaries- People who eventually benefit from the estate. They are either named in the Will of the deceased person or are entitled to benefit under intestacy laws. Beneficiaries don’t come to own anything until it is passed on to them by the PRs. The rights of the beneficiaries at this stage are to have the estate properly administered for their benefit.
Grant of Representation- This includes both grants of probate (when there is a Will) and grants of letters of administration (when there is no Will). Although, people often just refer to a ‘grant of probate’ even if there is no Will.