Guide to Probate Law in Ireland

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We have compiled a guide containing everything you need to know regarding wills and probate law in Ireland.

Roddy TyrrellFor wills/probate legal matters contact Roddy Tyrrell, publisher of & Principal of Tyrrell Solicitors in Dublin 4.

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Making a will is one of the most significant legal steps a person can make in his/her lifetime.

Irrespective of your age, state of health or financial status, it is vital that you have a legally recognized valid will in order to ensure that your loved ones and beneficiaries are looked after in the event of your death.

If you want just to get a very brief outline of what is involved you can also access our Making a Will in 10 Steps guide.

It includes the basics such as;

  • What is a Will?

A will is a witnessed document that sets out in writing the deceased’s wishes for his or her possessions, called his or her ‘estate’, after death.

  • What is Probate? 

Probate is the legal process whereby the estate of a deceased person is dealt with (usually by a solicitor) and distributed to the beneficiaries of the will.

  • How much does it cost to make a will?

In theory you can create your own will yourself and the content on would point you in the right direction. There are many sites purporting to offer DIY will-drafting services but it is strongly recommended that you engage the services a solicitor to do the job.  Legal fees typically start in the low hundreds (euro) and are more than justifiable in the scheme of things to ensure that you are leaving clear legal instructions for your loved ones. You will have peace of mind rather than risking a messy and upsetting time for all if your will is contested.

NEW SECTION: The Ultimate Guide to Inheritance Tax Law in Ireland. A must-read for those or who are either making a will or are its beneficiaries.


Further reading for legal professionals: Probate Practice Legal Paper by Karl Dowling BL 

“one of the most definitive and expertly written Irish probate legal guides available online and is a superb  resource for legal professionals, students and the general public alike.”