If the probate was granted a district registry, then it would be worth a visit to look at
their files which will have the original will and any other pertinent documentation.
I'm not sure if this is possible for probate granted in the Principal Registry.
From: SOG-UK [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of
Sent: 30 June 2017 14:51
Subject: Re: [SOG-UK] Slightly Puzzled by further grant of probate 4 months after first
I can think of a number of different reasons, not necessarily complete.
The most common reason for a second entry in the calendar is that the value of the estate
has been found to be different from the first grant.
As such different tax would apply. I believe the key word in the calendar entry in this
case is "resworn".
This could also encompass difference in the names, as not necessarily all the executors
need to be present for the grant of probate.
Other reasons could be that there does have to be a change of executors, because the
executor(s) in the original grant are no longer able to serve, or that a later will has
been discovered, invalidating the first.
If you have ordered the will, make sure you have ordered the will AND the grant (which is
a cover sheet detailing who applied for probate).
Depending on the year of the calendar, this may give you more information than the
calendar entry. If there is a solicitor acting for the probate, the grant will also tell
you the name of the solicitors, although the change of finding any further records from
the solicitors themselves is low, but it is always worth checking. Also check The London
Gazette for any entries relating to the probate.
Once you have the will and the grant, it will be a matter of checking the will to see who
was entitled to be an executor, and comparing that with those who actually applied for the
grant, and working out the reasons for the difference.
If there are anomalies you cannot otherwise explain, it may be worth checking newspapers
to see if there was a court case for which a report exists. Note that any court case will
be potential beneficiaries suing the executor, so you will not necessarily find entries
indexed under the name of testator.
On 30-Jun-17 8:30 AM, julian duffus wrote:
Illumination would be welcome, I have come across a probate with two
entries. A first grant given to the widow and an another on 20th Jan
1911. Only to be followed on 6 May 1911 by an other grant to a
different person, with no mention of the Widow. I have sent away for
the will. I am wondering whether I will be treated to the reason behind
the 2nd grant and in what sort of circumstances such a move would be
Oh and the sums sworn are slightly different in each grant.
Many thanks for any suggestions
Sog Member 1979 to present
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