Probate of Wills and Letters of Administration.

[From The Irish Ecclesiastical Record , Vol. VIII, September 1887, `Documents']

Probate of the Will, or Letters of Administration of the Estate must be obtained where a person dies possessed of personal Estate (inclusive of tenancies from year to year, farms held on judicial lease, and property held on lease for years), which, being situated in the United Kingdom, exceeds £100 in value.

The penalty for taking possession of, or in any way administering, any part of the personal Estate and Effects of a deceased person, without proving the Will, or obtaining Letters of Administration of the Estate within the period prescribed by law for the purpose, is £100, &c.

Where the death has happened on or after the 1st June, 1881, and the whole of deceased's personal Estate, as aforesaid, together with the personal Estate situate out of the United Kingdom, does not exceed the value of £300, the total cost of obtaining Probate of the Will, or Letters of Administration of the Estate, is as follows:-
£ s. d.
Where such personal Estate is under the value of £100... ... ... 0 15 0
Where such personal Estate is over the value of £100 and under the value of £300 ... 2 5 0
With an additional 5s. for the Stamp Duty upon the bond, where one is required.

And in such cases application can be made either to the District Registry of the Court of Probate, or to an Officer of Inland Revenue duly appointed for the purpose.
Annexed is a list of the places at which Officers of Inland Revenue have been appointed for the purpose.

By Order of the Commissioners.

March, 1885,
Inland Revenue, Custom House, Dublin.

IRELAND.

List of places where the Local Officers of Inland Revenue are appointed to carry out the provisions of Sect. 33 of the Act 44 Vic., Cap. 12, for obtaining Probate, &c.,in cases where Estates do not exceed £300 :-

Antrim Cookstown Mallow
Arklow Donegal Midleton
Athlone Downpatrick Monaghan
Athy Drogheda Monasterevan
Aughnacloy Dromahaire Mountbellew
Balbriggan Dundalk Mountmellick
Ballaghadereen Dunfanaghy Moville
Ballinamore Dungannon Mullingar
Ballinasloe Dungarvan Naas
Ballinrobe Dungiven Navan
Ballymahon Dungloe Nenagh
Ballymena Ennis New Ross
Ballyragget Enniscorthy Newry
Ballyshannon Enniskillen Newtownards
Banagher Ennistymon Newtownstewart
Banbridge Fermoy Omagh
Bandon Fintona Oughterard
Bantry Galway Ramelton
Birr Graigue Rathdowney
Bray Granard Rathkeale
Boyle Gorey Roscommon
Carlow Kanturk Roscrea
Carrickmacross Kilbeggan Skibbereen
Carrick-on-Shannon Killaloe Sligo
Carrick-on-Suir Killarney Strabane
Cashel Kilrush Taghmon
Castlebar Kinsale Thurles
Castlerea Larne Tipperary
Cavan Letterkenny Tralee
Celbridge Lisburn Trim
Charleville Listowel Tullamore
Claremorris Longford Virginia
Clonmel Loughrea Westport
Clonakilty Lurgan Wexford
Clones Macroom Wicklow
Coleraine Magherafelt Youghal
Comber    
[note.-We are much obliged to our correspondent for this important document.-ed. I.E.R.]