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Probate on the Isle of Man

Probate on the Isle of Man follows a very similar to the process in England and Wales, but there are some important differences.

Probate is administered by the General Registry within the Isle of Man Courts of Justice, and may be required if the estate is worth more than £5,000.

You can apply for probate yourself as long as you live on the island, but if the estate is complex you may choose to use an Isle of Man advocate, which is a lawyer who combines the role of a solicitor and barrister. If you do not usually live on the Isle of Man and the asset holder is willing to do so, you may be able to apply for probate using their address.

To find an advocate, you can visit the Isle of Man Law Society website or call 01624 662 910.

The General Registry can guide you on the process of application, but cannot give you advice about the distribution of the estate. Once probate is granted, the documents are stored in the Deeds Registry.

The General Registry
Isle of Man Courts of Justice
Deemsters Walk
Bucks Road
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 3AR
Tel: 01624 685265

If there is no Will

If there is no Will, a grant is usually applied for by a beneficiary. The beneficiary must give notice of their application to all other people entitled to a share of the estate who are a resident of the Isle of Man.

⇦ Probate in Northern Ireland Useful contacts for completing probate ⇨

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