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Probate: Where do I start?

When someone dies and before you start the probate process, it’s important to complete some initial tasks to secure the deceased’s property and check on their correspondence. These tasks should be attended to as soon as possible, in preparation for… Find out more

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Executors: what to do if there is a Will

How to probate an estate when someone dies and what to do if you’re nominated as executor in the Will. Many executors may have been made aware of their duties before death and know where the Will is kept should… Find out more

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Applying for confirmation: Completing Form C5

When applying for confirmation to administer someone’s estate after they have died, you must complete various probate forms and send them to the Sheriff Court. The main probate form to use to apply for probate is a C1 Confirmation Application… Find out more

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The types of grant of probate

Executors have the power to deal with the deceased’s assets from the date of death. But if the value of the deceased’s estate exceeds £5,000, then the executors will need to obtain a ‘grant of representation’ in England & Wales… Find out more

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Applying for probate: Completing Form PA1

If you’re an executor of someone’s will, you may need to apply to the Probate Registry for a grant of probate so you have the authority to sort out the deceased’s affairs. If there isn’t a will, you may be… Find out more

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Probate form IHT400 when inheritance tax is due

When you’re probating an estate, it’s necessary to work out which probate forms should be completed from an inheritance tax perspective. It’s essential on every grant of probate application to complete an inheritance tax form, irrespective of whether inheritance tax… Find out more

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What to do when someone dies in Scotland

When you’re named as the executor of a Will, you’re being asked to take responsibility for administering the estate of the person who made the Will, called the testator, after they have died. After someone dies, executors are expected to… Find out more

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Debts aren’t written off when someone dies

Many relatives end up in a very difficult situation when a loved one dies leaving debts, especially if the death is unexpected. At such a painful time, many people are reluctant to think about dealing with the debts of the… Find out more

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Applying for probate: Completing Form IHT205

When applying for a grant of probate to administer someone’s estate after they have died, you must complete various probate forms and send them to the Probate Registry. For more information on probate see Lawpack’s DIY Probate Kit. The main… Find out more

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Applying for confirmation: Completing Form C1

If you want to administer an estate when someone has died in Scotland, you may need to apply to the Sheriff Court for confirmation (the Scottish equivalent of ‘probate’) so you have the authority to sort out the deceased’s affairs.… Find out more