Death is never easy to cope with and sorting out the estate can be very stressful. We’re here to make it quicker and easier for you. The probate fee is part of the costs that the estate must settle before the remaining assets are distributed - so there’s no upfront fee.
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This is a generic term covering official documentation that proves that you have the right to manage the estate of the deceased. If there is a named executor, they usually submit an application for grant of probate. If there is a valid Will but the named executors are unable or unwilling to act, then letters of administration with Will annexed will need to be obtained. If there was no will, then letters of administration will need to be obtained. Letters of administration with Will annexed and letters of administration serve similar function to that of the grant of probate. Grant of representation is the phrase that covers all three phrases.
The document itself, and sometimes the process of getting it from the Court and using it to administer the estate, can often be referred to as probate.
When someone dies, probate is the process of managing and passing on their property, money and other assets to others, once any debts, taxes and other costs have been paid. If the deceased person made a will, they will have named someone to carry out these tasks. That person is known as the Will's executor.
People who may be able to claim against an estate under the Inheritance Act 1975 include:
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