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Probate administration is the process of transmitting the assets [ real and personal] of a deceased person to named beneficiaries through executors / administrators.
Persons who are beneficiaries of a Deceased Estate and thus can apply for a grant as follows:
- The Surviving spouse
- The Children of the deceased or the issues of any child who predeceased the deceased.
- The Deceased’s Parents
- Brothers and Sisters of the Deceased
- Half Brother(s) and sister(s) of the Deceased.
- Grand Parents
- Uncles and Aunts.
It takes six to eight weeks for the court within Lagos state and Four months for courts in other parts of Nigeria. Sometimes, delays are caused by the inability of applicants to meet up with the required documents or payments.
The Executor is the person or the firm responsible for ensuring that the wishes of the testator, as specified in his Last Will and Testament, are carried out and strictly adhered to. The executor makes sure the assets are transferred to the beneficiaries named in the Will as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The executor may serve as the trustee; the roles do overlap.
An Executor is appointed by the testator himself (the maker of the Will) in his Last Will and Testament. Administrators are appointed by the Order of Court vide a Letter of Administration wherein there is no executor, or wherein the deceased died intestate (i.e. without leaving a valid Will).
If you have been named the executor of the estate of a parent or loved one, your main duties are to make sure the wishes of the deceased are honoured while also fulfilling the requirements of probate court. You will need to make sure assets are distributed correctly and efficiently. Other duties may include selling real estate or making a life insurance claim.
Probate is needful to safeguard the deceased estate from falling into wrong hands; to ascertain whether the Will sought to be proved is valid before confirming the authority of the executor by a Grant of Probate. To offer the executors or administrators court protection in the administration, management or winding up of the deceased’s estate. To give legal backing for the sell and disposal of the deceased’s real and personal properties.
Grant of Probate is issued by the Court to the executor who was dully appointed by the testator himself in the testator’s Last Will to enable the executor carry out the instructions of the testator. Letter of Administration may be obtained by any interested party where the deceased died intestate (i.e. leaving a no valid Will) to empower the interested party (called the “Administrator”) administer the estate of the deceased.
An application for the Grant of Probate must be filed by the executor within three (3) months of the testator’s death.
Certain properties such as life insurance proceeds, salary/pension arrears of the deceased, joint tenancy property, trust property, etc., may not be subject to probate, such properties would rather pass directly to an already named beneficiary, survivor or next of kin.
No, the executor can only sell your assets where your Will instructs him to do so. However, the beneficiaries named in the Will may request the executor to execute a sale of an asset on their behalf. Situation may arise where it is practically impossible to share a property amongst all the beneficiaries named in the Will (e.g. a car), such may warrant a sale of the car to be executed and the proceeds of sale shared amongst the beneficiaries so entitled.
Where you appoint a neutral and impartial person/firm as your Executor, you can be rest assured that your estate will be administered and dealt with dispassionately and objectively under the supervision of the Chief Judge of the High Court of the State where the Grant of Probate was issued and under the close watch of the beneficiaries named in your Will.
The sum total of both the executor’s administrative fees N20,000 and professional fees is N50 ,000 to 1.5% of the gross value of the estate. Where the executor pursues the deceased’s debtors and recovers debts and income owed to the deceased’s estate, the executor will be entitled to a fixed charge payable as Barrister fees or legal fees.
It takes six to eight weeks for the court within Lagos state and Four months for courts in order parts of Nigeria. Sometimes, delays are caused by inability of applicants to meet up with required documents or payments.