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What is Probate?
Probate is the term used to describe the process by which a person is authorised by the Courts to distribute the assets of the deceased, either in accordance with the terms of the Will or in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. This is known as the Courts issuing a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration.
How do you get a Grant of Probate?
A Grant of Probate is obtained by making an application to the Probate Registry. However, before an application can be made, it is necessary to complete a tax return and swear an oath. The type of tax return and oath required will vary, depending upon two factors:
1. Is Inheritance Tax due?
2. Did the person who died leave a Will?
Whatever the answers to these two questions are, it is essential to seek legal assistance as we are able to take away the worry and stress that can be caused when dealing with HM Revenue and Customs and the Probate Registry.
How do we charge?
From as little as £500 + VAT and disbursements, we can assist you in complying with all the legalities of obtaining a Grant of Probate.
Our Fixed Fee Probate Packages, are designed for clients who feel able to deal with the majority of the administration of an Estate themselves and who simply require us to complete the formal documents (Inheritance Tax return and Oath) for them and to make the application for the Grant of Probate on their behalf. The client is required to provide us with all relevant information and we make no enquiries as to the accuracy of that information.
However, for those who require more assistance or for more complex matters, we offer a full Estate administration service. This service enables us to take away the stresses connected with Estate Administration at a time when there are many other things for you to cope with. Where possible, we will also offer a fixed fee for the full Estate Administration service.
Telephone us today in order to speak with one of our specialist Solicitors and let us guide you through the complexities of Estate Administration.