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ray8838

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Chinese
"Our client wishes to apply as the lawful and natural son of the Deceased and one of the persons entitled to the estate of the Deceased for letters of administration of the estate and/or (if any Will) as the executor and beneficiary and / or one of the executors and beneficiaries entitled to the estate of the Deceased for a grant of probate."

Extracted from a letter from a solicitor in Hong Kong.

Is it grammatical to say "apply as"?
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Yes, it's correct here. In other words, the client wants to apply for letters of administration etc., by virtue of his status as the natural son of the deceased.
     

    Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    "Our client wishes to apply as the lawful and natural son of the Deceased and one of the persons entitled to the estate of the Deceased for letters of administration of the estate and/or (if any Will) as the executor and beneficiary and / or one of the executors and beneficiaries entitled to the estate of the Deceased for a grant of probate."
    It might be more easily understood by rearranging the words as follows:

    "Our client,
    as the lawful and natural son of the Deceased and one of the persons entitled to the estate of the Deceased,
    wishes to apply for letters of administration of the estate and/or (if any Will) as the executor and beneficiary and / or one of the executors and beneficiaries entitled to the estate of the Deceased
    for a grant of probate."
     

    cubaMania

    Senior Member
    Well it's not "apply to"; it's "apply for X and/or for Y".
    Here's the structure of the original in more detail:
    "Our client wishes to apply [as...] for letters... and/or [if...as...] for a grant of probate."
    Each [as...] includes a lot of language indicating the role or capacity the client occupies in making each petition.

    I can imagine how confusing this convoluted legal language must be to a non-native speaker.
     
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