Oxford probate registry deals with applications for Grant of Representation. This document gives executors and administrators the legal authority to act on behalf of the deceased. Applying for the grant is also referred to as applying for probate.
If you've submitted your application, you must await further correspondence from HM Courts and Tribunals service. They'll either request more information or if everything is in order, will write to you with an interview appointment. Here, you must swear an oath to say that the information you've provided is accurate. It is only after this that they will issue the grant.
All probate records, including grants issues, wills and other documents become public documents. You may wish to contact the registry to obtain copies of records if you have concerns about a relative's estate. Wills proven by the registry dating back to 1858 are stored; it is therefore a valuable source of information for genealogists.
Probate Office Oxford
Combined Court Building
Tel: 01865 793 050 / 01865 793 055
The offices are open to the general public between 09:30 and 16:00, Monday to Friday. However, it is recommended that you make contact by telephone or email beforehand to save yourself a wasted journey. There are certain issues that staff will not be able to assist you with. For example, they are not qualified or able to offer any legal help or inheritance tax advice, they will simply recommend that you consult a professional.
If you find that the probate registry cannot assist you with your query, IWC offer a range of services that you may find useful. As a firm of specialist probate and estate administration practitioners, we can help you with the entire probate process. Our fixed fee probate service can save you the time, stress and inconvenience.
We can also offer legal help if you experience difficulties or have any concerns about fulfilling your duties as an executor. Call IWC free on 0800 612 6105 for help with or information about any of the following matters: