30.05.19

Delays of up to 12 weeks as probate moves online

Since the introduction of the new online system, grants of probate are taking up to twelve weeks to finalise. When comparing this with the usual ten day turn around, it can’t be deemed entirely successful. This issue comes as higher … Find out more »

20.02.18

Research suggests 70% of individuals ‘unaware of inheritance tax nil-rate band’

Research carried out by Canada Life has suggested that a significant amount of individuals ‘do not know the threshold’ for the standard inheritance tax (IHT) nil-rate band. Canada Life found that 70% of those surveyed did not know the standard … Find out more »

Estate Administration

In accordance with English law if a person dies intestate (ie without leaving a will) then “Administration of an Estate on Death” arises. Put simply, if a person dies leaving a will whereby they appoint an Executor, the estate will go to probate. However, if no will is left by the deceased or the will is invalid or incomplete in any way then it becomes necessary, by law, to appoint an Administrator (often referred to as an Administratrix if female).

The duty of an Administrator is similar to that of an Executor, in that the Administrator acts as the personal representative of the deceased, although the Administrator must act in accordance with the law relating to this.

The steps involved in probate. 

Probate FAQs.

Glossary of Probate terms,