When somebody passes away it can be difficult and time-consuming having to deal with all the legal and financial issues associated with a deceased person’s estate. Thankfully the processes involved can be made much simpler when you procure the assistance of a qualified probate professional.

A Grant of Probate is a legal document which authorises one or more people to administer the estate of a deceased individual. These documents are issued by the Probate Registry, and allow those named on the Grant of Probate to collect assets owed to the deceased, settle debts held by them, and subsequently distribute their estate to those to whom it is entitled.

Who can obtain the Grant of Probate?

Probate can be granted to anyone named as executors in the deceased person’s will if over the age of 18. If these people are unable or unwilling to act as executors, or if a will does not exist, then a Letter of Administration can be sought by other parties. This Letter of Administration is typically acquired by the deceased’s next of kin. It should normally be awarded to husbands or wives first, followed by children, parents, siblings, and finally more distant relatives should the aforementioned be non-existent, unwilling or unable to perform these duties.

These documents are important because they serve as evidence of your authority to act in the interests of the deceased person’s estate. Utility companies or mobile phone providers may only require a copy of the death certificate to cancel a service. However, banks and life insurance firms will not release funds held in the deceased person’s name until a Grant of Probate or Letter of Administration is produced.

How do I get the Grant of Probate?

As the executor of a Will, there are two options for you to get a Grant of Probate:

  1. do it yourself.

There are websites that offer information and guidance to help you including a ‘Wills and Probate Checklist’ provided by The Gazette  and the GOV.UK website.

  1. you can appoint a representative to do it on your behalf. This could be an authorised Accountant (like us) or a solicitor.

(We strongly recommend that you steer clear of using an unauthorised company to help you with probate-related matters.)

With several forms required and plenty of evidence needed to complete a Probate application, a lot of people prefer to appoint someone to deal with it on their behalf – especially at this difficult time.

Get Probate are authorised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) to offer probate services for uncontentious Wills – which means you can use us to get the Grant of Probate for you.

Our Grant of Probate fee is £350 (inc. VAT).

The Full Probate service

You can also use our Full Probate service if you want us to handle the whole probate process for you.

We provide a quick and affordable probate service. Our rates are lower than those offered by solicitors or banks and, instead of charging a percentage of the estate and/or hourly charges, we charge a fixed fee.

Our Full Probate fee is priced on a case-by-case basis, which can be paid from the estate during the administration process. This means no upfront costs.

For more information

If you’d like more information about the Grant of Probate or Full Probate services provided by Get Probate, contact us on 0161 907 4044 or info@getprobate.com