When someone dies, it can feel incredibly overwhelming to start sorting everything out. And you might be hearing new terms like “probate” and “estate administration” thrown around. To make things a little easier, we’ll go through:
By estate we mean all their property, money and possessions. Sometimes probate is referred to as Grant of Probate, which is the legal document you’ll get if the person left a will. If they didn’t leave a will, you’ll get a Grant of Letters of Administration instead.
The legal process of probate includes settling any outstanding debts, selling assets and sharing out what’s left to the beneficiaries, if there’s a will. Or if there’s no will, everything’s settled according to the rules of intestacy instead.
You’ll probably need probate if the person who died:
You may not need probate if the person who died:
It’s best to check with the relevant bank or financial organisation to be sure.
To get the Grant of Probate document, the probate registry charges £273 to apply and it usually takes 16 weeks to be granted. It can take longer if you need to give more information.
Once you’ve got this, the named executor or administrator can start sorting the estate (often known as estate administration).
This includes paying outstanding debts, selling any property and sharing the remaining assets between beneficiaries. How long this takes depends on how complex the estate is and if any problems arise in the process.
Probate and estate administration can be complicated, but it’s important to make sure it’s done correctly and follows the wishes of the person who’s died. Our platform lets you manage the whole probate and estate administration process online, from start to finish.
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HM Courts and Tribunals Service probate fee for estates over £5,000 - +£273.00
Additional grant of probate copies - +£1.50
Third-party services, such as an asset and liability search - Optional