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What is  Probate?

Probate can be very challenging for bereaved families. The guide below explains to simplify some aspects of the probate process.

Understanding the Process

When someone passes away, their estate needs to be distributed among their beneficiaries according to their wishes. Probate is the legal process that is followed to make sure that happens.

We will explore what probate is, how it works in the UK, and why it is so important.

It is the legal process of dealing with the estate of someone who has passed away. It involves:

Identifying and valuing the deceased's assets

Paying any outstanding debts or taxes

Distributing the remaining estate to the beneficiaries named in the deceased's will (or according to the laws of intestacy if there is no will)



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Inheritance Tax (IHT)

Wills & Trusts


How Does Probate Work in the UK?

The probate process in the UK can be quite complex and involves several steps:

Step 1: Apply for Probate

The first step is to apply for probate. This involves completing a probate application form and submitting it to the Probate Registry. You will also need to provide the original will (if there is one), the death certificate, and any other relevant documents.

Step 2: Value the Estate

The next step is to value the deceased’s assets. This includes their property, investments, bank accounts, and any other assets they may have had. You will also need to identify any outstanding debts or taxes owed by the deceased.

Step 3: Pay Debts and Taxes

Once the estate has been valued, the next step is to pay any outstanding debts or taxes owed by the deceased. This may include income tax, inheritance tax, and any other liabilities.

Step 4: Distribute the Estate

Once all debts and taxes have been paid, the remaining estate can be distributed to the beneficiaries named in the will. If there is no will, the estate will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy.

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Why is Probate Important?

It is important for several reasons:

– Legal requirements: The executor of the estate has a legal obligation to follow the probate process and distribute the estate according to the deceased’s wishes.

– Transparency: The probate process provides transparency and accountability, ensuring that all beneficiaries are aware of how the estate has been managed.

– Dispute resolution: If there are any disputes between beneficiaries, the probate process can be used as evidence to resolve any disagreements.

– Tax compliance: The probate process can help to ensure that any tax liabilities are accurately calculated and paid.

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Probate is an important process that ensures a deceased person’s estate is managed correctly and transparently. While it can be complex, seeking professional advice can help to make the process smoother and easier to navigate.

If you need help with probate, don’t hesitate to contact a probate specialist for assistance. Our office is based in Leytonstone Bushwood London

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