Probate registry spelled my name wrong, how can I get them to change it.

I am the executor of my aunts estate. My solicitors, who applied for probate on my behalf, went into administration and passed my file onto new firm of solicitors. The probate was granted on 20th July but the probate register managed to spell my name wrong, "Garry" instead of "Gary". They won't talk to my new solicitor as they didn't make the application and have told them there is no point in me getting in touch with them. For the last three months my new solicitors have been asking the administrators to update the account details but they are now saying they can't access the system. The probate register are saying I need to pay another application fee and re-apply. A bit desperate, but does anyone have any ideas how I can avoid this?          

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  • Flugelhorn
    Flugelhorn Posts: 5,414
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    I had a similar problem in that my name was incorrectly spelt in my parents will - my solicitor just said "clerical error" and as it was nobody noticed when I applied for probate or did anything else - TBH you may find that it is no problem, you can demonstrate who you are from the will and some ID if needed 
  • I had a similar problem in that my name was incorrectly spelt in my parents will - my solicitor just said "clerical error" and as it was nobody noticed when I applied for probate or did anything else - TBH you may find that it is no problem, you can demonstrate who you are from the will and some ID if needed 
    Thank you for the reply. It might be worth a try if there is a chance it avoids waiting for the probate register to process the application, and hopefully spelling my name correctly.

    My solicitor previously asked a conveyancing colleague who replied  "I think the land registry will raise a requisition but will probably allow time for it to be corrected. They always say they work on a case by case basis so I can't say for sure." 

     My problem might be that unlike a will, they know that the probate can be changed. Thanks will see how it goes.


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