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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1463
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1921-1951
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Maxwell Batley and Company | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

Probate (also called proving a will) is the process of establishing the validity of a will, which was recorded in the grant of probate.

If a person died intestate (without a valid will) their money, goods and possessions passed to their next of kin through an administration (or letters of administration) which had the same form in law as a will.

From the British Records Association "Guidelines 3 - Interpreting Deeds: How To Interpret Deeds - A Simple Guide And Glossary".


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, comprising probates of wills as follows:

* Probate of will of Arundel T. Spens of 27 Hamilton Road, Ealing, late Colonel Bombay Staff Corps (will made 16 Feb 1898; four codicils, 1911-1920), 1921. Bequests include: household, domestic and personal effects to daughter Alice I. Spens (second codicil 12 June 1913); remainder of real and personal estate to be invested by trustees.

* Letters of administration of estate of Ruth C. Fortune of 171 East 60th Street, New York City, USA, widow, 1940. Administration granted to son James C. Fortune of 40 Grange Park, Ealing, member of Auxiliary Fire Service.

* Probate of will of Fanny Crucefix of 15 Elm Park Court, Pinner, widow (will made 16 Mar 1940), 1941. Bequests include: various pecuniary legacies; remainder of property, including trust funds of marriage settlement, 29 June 1885, and settled legacy of 12,000, to trustees for benefit of two duaghters Maud E. Hatch and Rosa G. Miller.

* Probate of will of Evelyn M. Horton of 92 Pope's Lane, Ealing, spinster (will made 28 May 1951), 1951. Bequests include: various pecuniary and other legacies; all real and remainder of personal estate and effects to trustees for benefit of sister-in-law Margaret Horton.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

4 items arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1979.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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