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DIY Probate: Is inheritance tax due on the estate?

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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Do I need a grant of probate?

After someone dies, with or without leaving a Will, their money, property and belongings need to be dealt with and administered to beneficiaries. If you are an executor of the Will (or an administrator, if the deceased died without a… Find out more

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Executors: what to do when someone dies

Applies to England & Wales, and Northern Ireland. Read our equivalent article for 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,… Find out more

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What to do if you’re unhappy with an executor

Executors named in a Will have a wide range of tasks to complete when someone dies and for some this can be very daunting. As part of their duties an executor has to value the assets and debts of the… Find out more

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How to value the assets of an estate for probate

When someone dies, the executors have a duty to identify the assets of the estate and assess their value at the date of death (i.e. the market value had they been sold that day). For full information and guidance on… Find out more

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How to renounce your role as executor

If you have been appointed as executor in a Will and you don’t want to do it, then you are not obliged to do so. You can abandon your right to act by signing a form of ‘renunciation’ at the… Find out more

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My father left a Will. Do I need to do probate?

Most estates do need to go through probate: It’s not a question of whether the deceased left a Will, but whether or not the assets dealt with by the Will are the sort of assets that require a Grant of… Find out more