The term ‘probate’ is often used to refer to the entire process of administering an estate of someone who has passed away. The person may or may not have left a Will and different terminology is used for different circumstances.
The process of dealing with an estate involves assessing what is owned and owed at the date of death, completing formalities with the probate registry and HMRC, collecting in assets, paying off debts and expenses distributing what is left in accordance with the Will (if there is one) or set legal rules (where there is no Will).
A Grant of Probate is court order that gives authority to the right people to deal with the deceased’s assets. Without a Grant of Probate, you won’t be able to access any of the deceased’s assets or sell their property.