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Overview | Access to wills | Birmingham City Council

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Overview

Access to wills depends on when and where probate was granted. Before January 1858, wills were proved in the ecclesiastical courts and the place of probate is determined by where the property/goods of the deceased were located.

From January 1858 probate has been granted in the civil probate courts.

Difference between a will and a letter of administration

  • A will is a written statement in which a person regulates the disposal of property and rights after their death.
  • A letter of administration is a grant giving the right to administer the estate of someone who has died without leaving a valid will (intestate).