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Grant of Probate

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When someone passes away, you may need to comprehend who gets what from their property, money, and other assets according to their Will; this will require a ‘Grant to Probate.or a Letter of Adminstration’. These documents gives you the sovereignty to oversee the assets of the individual who has passed away. 

The construction of your probate procedure relies on whether or not a will is present. If a will has been left, you can instantly apply for the grant of probate; however, if there is no will, the testator’s immediate family must first apply for a Letter of Administration. In cases where you require probate, the acquisitions in question will be temporarily ‘frozen’ to safeguard them from misdistribution to the wrong people.

In other words, in the absence of probate, you will not be able to put any property or assets in the market, and you will also not be permitted to access their financial assets such as bank accounts. If you are skeptical about whether or not you need a probate, contact us at Care Financial Services so that we can assist you through this difficult time. 

We understand that losing a loved one is always an unbearable time, and getting into legal complications can make things much more exhausting. That is why our expert probate advisors will do all the work needed on your behalf; hence with Care Financial Services, you don’t have to worry. 

More About Grant of Probate

It’s a prevalent misperception that Probate is not necessary if the decedent left a Will. If the deceased left a valid will it is called a “Grant of Probate” , and it is known as “Letters of Administration” if there is no valid Will (intestacy).

Period for a 'Grant Of Probate

After you have applied, the period for probate is usually 4-8 weeks, requiring that there are no hurdles in the way. Once you have received your probate, the rest of the complete procedure relies on the difficulties in your estate. For someone who owns numerous properties, investments, and assets, the process may take longer than for someone with a simple bank account. The probate procedure can take months; in some rare cases, it can also take years.

Costs Of a 'Grant to Probate

In England and Wales, the cost to apply for probate is £273 (from 26th January 2022); whether through a confidential agency or on your own, the fee will remain the same. If your assets are less than £5000, you don’t have to pay the application fee. 

The fee may differ in other parts of England for example, in Northern Ireland, the fee to apply for probate is £261 for assets that cost more than £10,000; anything less than this is not charged. The administration process may demand a few copies of the probate, which will cost £1.50 for each copy. 

Probate Process

We like to meet each client on a personal and emotional level and help make the situation less demanding by: 
  • Filling out the HMRC inheritance tax application form, educating you about all the areas of this kind of tax, and helping you find good inheritance lawyers.
  • Giving notice to people that need to be told about the death 
  • Fulfilling the steps required to apply for probate and administrative letters. 
  • Hiring an appropriate probate officer for you. 
  • Talking to institutes on your behalf such as banks, building associations, pension firms, insurance companies, stock registrants, and many more. 
  • Cross-checking your will and advising what to do if no will is present. 
So you have nothing to worry about. Your designated probate officer and our team will work concurrently to finalize your application to give you the sanity that all that needs to be done is being taken care of. So reference with us today, and let us help you through this difficult period. 

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How can Care Financial Services Help?

At Care Financial Services, we know how tough it can be to lose a loved one, and on top of that, having to go through lawful procedures can be very stressful; This is where our experts step in and address the entire process for you. We can help you get a grant of probate and a Letter of Administration (where necessary) at low prices in a very stress-free manner without you being burdened with anything.

Frequently Ask Questions

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Beneficiaries won’t be able to claim their inheritance if you don’t file for probate if it’s required. The deceased person’s assets will instead be held in limbo and frozen. No one will be eligible to access, sell, or transfer them legally. The deceased’s assets cannot be accessed or given to any of the Beneficiaries if a Probate application is not made. A named individual or group is given legal authority to manage a deceased person’s assets through probate.

Even though having a Will can speed up the probate procedure, it is not always the case. Whether or not there is a Will, the process of obtaining the Grant of Probate in England and Wales typically takes three months, and the estate administration process can take another three to twelve months, depending on the sorts of assets to be handled.

However, there are a number of delays that could happen along the process, so it might take longer. For instance, the probate procedure will be delayed if a property needs to be sold but there are problems with the sale.

In a nutshell, no, you don’t need to hire a lawyer. Many people mistakenly believe that the probate process necessitates the involvement of a solicitor. However, if the Will is contested, you typically only need to hire a lawyer.

You can work with a us as we are authorised to practise non-contentious probate, a reserved legal activity.

Although you can handle probate on your own, we’ve seen that many people choose not to deal with the stress and concern of it at a time when they are already experiencing a very trying period after losing a loved one.

A Personal Representative has 365 days to manage the estate and give the Beneficiaries access to the deceased person’s assets. The Executor’s Year is what it’s known as. This is not a hard deadline, and complicated Estates frequently take longer to finish than this. This is unlikely to be a problem as long as the individual performing the work is acting in good faith and can explain the delay.


The administration of the Estate must still adhere to a number of severe Inheritance Tax and other dates, it is important to note.

An Inheritance Tax form must be filed along with the application for a Grant of Representation when it is made to the Probate Registry. Along with calculating the Estate’s valuation, this will also determine whether any Inheritance Tax is owed. The paperwork are still necessary even if there is no actual tax to be paid. To let HMRC know that no tax is owed, do this. Inheritance tax, if it is due, must be paid (or at least substantially paid) by the end of the sixth month following the decedent’s passing. HM Revenue & Customs will assess interest on the unpaid balance until it is paid if this deadline is missed.


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