Proof in Common Form Law and Legal Definition

Proof in Common Form refers to a summary approval of an uncontested will by the court, subject to subsequent contest. Where a will is submitted to the court for probate and it is not contested, it is usually proved by common form. The will is approved without any substantial assessment and by some form of summary procedure. It is an administrative procedure, usually issued on an ex parte application of the executors. A grant of probate in common form can subsequently be revoked like when it is later found that the will is invalid.