Applying for Probate
The Executors of the Will, or Administrators if there is no Will apply to the court for Probate. They have to fill in tax forms – IHT 205 if there is no Inheritance tax to pay, or IHT 400 if there is tax to pay. The form requires a lot of detail about the deceased person's assets and liabilities, which will have to be accurately valued.
The IHT form is supported by a second form. If the executors/administrators apply in person for Probate the form is called PA1. They will have to attend an appointment at a Probate Registry and answer questions about the Estate.
If the Executors use a solicitor they will complete an Oath which they swear is accurate in front of another solicitor.
What does probate cost?
The Probate court fee is £45 if you use a solicitor, £105 if you don’t. The solicitor’s fees will vary widely. Some will charge a percentage of the value of the Estate plus an hourly rate for the time spent. If you use a Bank it will charge 3 or 4%. Some other solicitors simply charge an hourly rate and finally there are a few (such as ourselves) who will give you a quote based on an estimate of the time to be spent, so there will be no surprises.
Do I need a solicitor?
Some people apply for Probate themselves but you should be aware of the following:
- It will take time and patience, especially if there are a lot of assets which have to be valued then sold, or there are several beneficiaries;
- It is essential to be completely accurate and scrupulously fair in everything you do, or you risk a claim from a beneficiary;
- This is often a time of great stress, and families can fall out. There is a lot to be said for an independent specialist taking the strain away from the family;
- Claims can be made against the estate by people who were not named in the Will. A solicitor can advise you about the risks and help to protect you against them.
Do I have to use the firm of solicitors which is holding the Will?
No. You are under no obligation to use them. You should ask to meet the person who would deal with the Probate and ask the following questions:
- Will they actually do the work or will it be done in a back office?
- You need to be satisfied that the person who does the work is a specialist and efficient. Ask specific questions and be concerned if they take time to answer your initial call, or can’t see you for some time. They may be extremely busy and your work will then get side-lined.
- Ask what they will charge
- Contact Purely Probate for a second quote. Telephone 01458 850146 or email email@example.com
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If you would like your Executors to use Purely Probate after you have died, please click here to download our instruction form. You can then print the instruction and leave it with your Will.