The Colonial Probate Acts permit the resealing in England and Wales of grants made in a number of countries and territories. In order for one of these countries /territories to have the grant resealed the following are required:
- The original colonial grant or a court sealed and certified copy, or an exemplification of the grant together with a court sealed and certified copy of the will plus two photocopies.
- A written request (letter of authority or power of attorney) from all the grantees (the persons named in the grant) asking for the grant to be resealed. This can be addressed to the court if the grantee is applying personally or it can authorise a named person/firm of solicitors to apply on their behalf.
- To comply with the requirements of the H M Revenue and Customs Capital Taxes Office either an IHT 207 form or a controlled IHT 421 form (this is part of the form IHT 400) will be required. Both these forms are can be obtained from the HM Revenue & Customs (telephone 0845 3020 900 ) whom you should contact to determine which form is appropriate for you to use.
- Fee of £40 where estate exceeds £5000 (no fee below this amount). Copies cost £1 each. Cheques are payable to HMCS.