Probate is the presentation of the Will of a deceased person to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The Court issues probate bearing the Court’s seal confirming the Will and the appointment of the Executor made in it. On January 1, 1995, Ontario introduced rules that eliminated the familiar and historic terms “Letters Probate” and “Letters of Administration. Letters Probate are now called “Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee With A Will” and Letters of Administration are now called “Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee Without A Will”. The reason for obtaining probate is to satisfy third parties (Banks, Investment Managers, Stock Brokers) that the Executor (Estate Trustee) has the authority to deal with the deceased’s property. Probate is required in the administration of most, but not all estates.

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