A probate registry is used in a few countries, and it's the counterpart to probate courts in the United States. The registry determines the validity of a will. Once the will is deemed valid, a person is approved to manage the estate of the decedent. A relative often applies for a grant of representation when there is no will.
Disposing of Estate Assets
When someone dies, the decedent's assets must be distributed and a will provides the information on how to distribute. As long as the will doesn't violate inheritance laws, then the wishes are granted. The main duty and responsibility of the probate registry is to make sure that the will is legally valid. If the decedent dies without a will, then the registry will grant a letter of administration to someone to dispose of the estate assets.
Two Types of Grants
If the decedent is named an executor in the will, then the probate registry will issue a grant of probate to the executor. When no one is mentioned in the will, the registry will give a grant of representation.