Probate for children?

+6 votes
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 Living Bowling G2G6 Mach 6 (66.2k points)

1 Answer

+2 votes
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 Living Woodhouse G2G6 Pilot (294k 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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