Probate for children?

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I was recently amazed to find a probate record for a minor.  Very clearly states child - also states her father - and yikes left a large sum of money for an eleven yea old.

I had always thought Probate Records were generally for 'adults'.  Anyone come across this before and possibly why a child would have a probate record?

Thank you.
WikiTree profile: Doris Mirrlees
in The Tree House by Anonymous Bowling G2G6 Mach 5 (59.5k points)

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A minor, in England can have the benefit of a probate record,(probate guardianship) whereby they inherit from a deceased persons, when they attain the age of 21, (it may be 18 now).

A minor is deemed to have  no assets but if they are the subject of this probate guardianship. and were to die prior to the age of 21 (18) , then there future estate would be required to be the subject of probate.
by R W G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
Many thanks Ron, well at 11 years old and family, mother/father, older siblings etc - I was just surprised a child leaving £1000 in 1901 - would be similar to over £100,000 in today's money.

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