Proving succession to a Peerage
The Royal Warrant of 2004 requires that a person wishing to be recognised as a Peer prove succession to the relevant dignity, to the satisfaction of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. Guidance notes are provided on how to prove succession to a Peerage both with and without the right to stand and vote in by-elections in the House of Lords. These notes are likely to be of most help where the relationship of the claimant to the late Peer is close, but anything more distant may require detailed advice, which may be obtainable from an officer of the College of Arms in London or the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, a genealogist, a lawyer or the Registrar or Assistant Registrar of the Peerage. Claims are made by submission of a formal Petition to the House of Lords and Statutory Declaration to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice via the Crown Office, made on behalf of the claimant by a suitable person. Information about the suitability of a particular person to make the Declaration is contained in the guidance notes or in cases of doubt individual cases can be discussed with the Registrar or the Assistant Registrar.
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