The starting point is to locate the original will. The original will must be found as the probate registry will require this before a grant can be issued. The will is most likely to be found at the probate solicitors’ office, or at a bank or building society.
Once the will is located the Executor’s job will be:-
- collect in and deal with the assets of the deceased.
- identify liabilities of the deceased.
- distribute the estate according to the will.
Once the will is located and the assets and liabilities are established, the application to the probate registry can be made either by the Executor within the Will or by using a specialist probate solicitor.
When the application for probate is submitted the inheritance tax must be paid before the grant of probate is issued.
After the Grant of probate has been issued, the assets will need to be collected and the liabilities paid. Thereafter, the estate can then be distributed.
If you are unsure whether to use a solicitor for a grant of probate call us on 0844 740 1637 .