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Who can start probate when someone dies?

When a person dies, their estate must be administered after their death. Someone must collect the assets, pay any debts, and distribute any inheritance to the beneficiaries. Many people assume that the ‘next of kin’ will administer probate, but this… Find out more

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Can I do probate myself?

When someone dies and you’re faced with probate, it’s important to think about whether you employ a professional legal firm to administer the estate or if you decide to do it yourself. Whether you handle all the tasks involved in… Find out more

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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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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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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. The main probate form to use to apply for probate is a… Find out more