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The Personal Representatives are responsible for completing the relevant HMRC paperwork, applying for the Grant of Probate, assessing and collecting the assets of the estate, settling liabilities, and distributing the remainder following the Will or, in the absence of a Will, the Rules of Intestacy.

This process can be intricate, time-consuming, and emotionally taxing, particularly when family and friends are still in mourning.

Orange Legal offers advice and guidance on the process, and Personal Representatives can engage us to handle much of the administration and paperwork on their behalf. Contact us to discuss how we can assist you in navigating the process.

Probate Services

Why Choose Our Probate
Service in the UK?

Selecting the right partner for probate services in the UK is a crucial decision, and we recognise the significance of entrusting such matters to a reliable and proficient provider. Here are compelling reasons why choosing our probate service sets us apart:

Expertise and Experience: Benefit from the extensive expertise and experience of our seasoned professionals in probate matters. Our team excels in navigating the complexities of estate administration, ensuring a seamless and efficient process.

Personalised Guidance: Receive bespoke guidance tailored to your unique situation. We understand the distinct nature of each estate and are committed to providing personalised solutions that align with your specific needs and wishes.

Transparent and Competitive Pricing: Experience transparency in our pricing structure. We believe in clear communication and offer competitive pricing, ensuring that our clients receive excellent value for the probate services we provide.

Comprehensive Service Offering: Access a comprehensive range of probate services that go beyond the basics. From asset valuation to creditor settlement and legal compliance, we provide a full spectrum of services to address all aspects of estate administration.

Legal Compliance and Accuracy: Rest assured that our probate services adhere to all legal requirements and regulations in the UK. We maintain a commitment to accuracy and compliance, ensuring that the entire process is conducted within the bounds of the law.

Advanced Technology Integration: Experience the benefits of advanced technology integrated into our probate services. We leverage innovative tools to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and overall effectiveness, staying at the forefront of technological advancements in the legal landscape.

Free Consultation: Initiate the process with confidence by taking advantage of our free consultation. This allows potential clients to discuss their needs, gain insights into our approach, and understand how our probate services can specifically benefit them.

Choosing us for probate services means selecting a partner dedicated to professionalism, transparency, and client satisfaction. With our expertise and client-centric approach, we aim to make the probate process as seamless as possible, providing you with peace of mind during a challenging time.

Probate Services

Here Why You Should Go
For Probate Services

Probate services play a pivotal role in the legal landscape of the United Kingdom, providing a vital framework for the systematic distribution of a deceased individual’s estate. Recognizing the significance of probate services is crucial for individuals navigating the intricate processes of estate administration. Here are key reasons highlighting the importance of probate services in the UK:


Legal Validation

Probate acts as the legal confirmation of a deceased person's will, verifying the authenticity of the document and granting legal authority to the appointed executor for the execution of the deceased's wishes.


Asset Distribution

Facilitating the orderly distribution of assets among beneficiaries in accordance with the terms specified in the will, probate ensures a fair and lawful division of the estate.


Creditor Settlement

Probate provides a structured mechanism for settling outstanding debts and liabilities of the deceased, allowing creditors to make claims against the estate. This ensures a methodical resolution of financial matters.


Executor Authority

The probate process formally appoints the executor mentioned in the will, providing them with the necessary legal authority to manage and distribute the estate. This authority is vital for executing the deceased's wishes and handling administrative responsibilities.


Property Transfer

Often essential for the transfer of real estate owned by the deceased, probate establishes the legal authority required to transfer property titles, ensuring a seamless transition of ownership.


Dispute Resolution

Probate serves as a platform for resolving disputes that may arise among beneficiaries or other involved parties. This legal process helps mitigate conflicts, ensuring a fair and amicable resolution.


Inheritance Tax Assessment

Probate includes an assessment of the estate's value for inheritance tax purposes, ensuring compliance with tax regulations and facilitating the timely payment of any applicable taxes.


Legal Compliance

Probate services guarantee that the distribution of the estate aligns with the legal requirements and regulations stipulated by the UK legal system. This compliance adds an extra layer of protection for all parties involved.


Protecting Beneficiaries

Probate safeguards the interests of beneficiaries by ensuring that the estate is managed and distributed in accordance with the law. This protection is essential for preventing potential disputes or challenges to the will.

The Steps

Applying for a Grant of Probate

Step 1

 Locate the will and obtain the death certificate

Step 2

Meet with your adviser to discuss the deceased’s estate, and family situation, establish what assets were held, and who the beneficiaries are.

Step 3

Your adviser will then review the information, value assets, and property, as well as check the tax position of beneficiaries.

Step 4

Your adviser will meet with you to discuss the best way to pass assets on and determine if a Deed of Variation or a Trust is required.

Step 5

The IHT forms and the Grant of Probate application will be completed on your behalf.

Step 6

You and your adviser meet to review and approve the forms, and then the forms are submitted. A court fee of £237 is required.

Step 7

14 days later, the accounts department will invoice you.

Step 8

The Inland Revenue and Court processes the application and makes the necessary checks.

Step 9

Publish statutory notices in the London Gazette and a local paper.

Step 10

Assuming no enquiries are raised by the Court, you should receive the Grant of Probate in 8-10 weeks after applying.

Step 11

Close accounts, call in assets, pay debts, and reimburse executor’s expenses.

Step 12

Final meeting to discuss investment decisions before distributing assets as the Will states.


Frequently Asked Questions

The duration of probate in the UK can vary depending on the complexity of the estate. On average, straightforward cases may take between six to nine months to complete. However, more complex estates, those with disputes, or lacking clear documentation, may extend the process to a year or more. Delays can also occur due to the workload of the Probate Registry and any potential challenges to the will. Engaging a solicitor or legal professional can help streamline the probate process, ensuring compliance with legal requirements and expediting the settlement of the estate.

Probate duration with a valid will in the UK is influenced by factors such as estate complexity and adherence to legal procedures. Generally, the process can take approximately six to nine months for straightforward cases. The presence of a clear and well-drafted will often expedites the probate proceedings. However, variations may occur based on the size of the estate, potential disputes, or the efficiency of the executor. Seeking professional guidance and ensuring all required documentation is in order can contribute to a smoother and faster probate process.

Probate is required in the UK when an individual passes away, leaving assets solely in their name, such as property or bank accounts. The process is necessary to validate the will, appoint an executor, and legally distribute the estate. Jointly owned assets may not require probate for transfer. The necessity for probate varies, and professional advice is recommended to assess the specific circumstances of the estate.

Probate is a legal process that applies when a person dies and their assets such as money and property are valued and distributed among their heirs.
You should not make any financial plans or put a property on the market until you’ve got probate.

The duration of probate in the UK varies, but a general timeframe for straightforward cases is approximately six to nine months from the application for the Grant of Probate. However, factors such as estate complexity, disputes, and the efficiency of the executor can influence the timeline. More intricate cases or challenges to the will may extend the process to a year or more. Engaging a solicitor can help navigate the process efficiently and potentially expedite the settlement of the estate.

Yes, if there is a will, probate is typically required. Probate is the legal process of validating and executing a will after someone passes away. It involves the court confirming the will's authenticity, appointing an executor, and overseeing the distribution of the deceased person's assets as outlined in the will. While not all estates require probate, it is generally necessary when there is a will involved to ensure the proper administration of the deceased person's wishes and assets.

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