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How Long Does Probate Take After Swearing Oath

What Is The Probate Process?

Simply put, probate is the process whereby someone’s debts and their property are held in their name whilst being transferred to heirs or beneficiaries, in most cases, an immediate family member.

The process begins when a petition is filed with the probate court to appoint an administrator of the estate.

Here is a short video explaining what probate is.  

How Long Does Probate Take After Swearing Oath?

Ordinarily, after swearing an oath, the Grant Of Probate will be received in 3-4 weeks. After that, the rest of the probate process will take a further few months to reach completion.  The majority of cases are completed start to finish in 9-12 months, unless it’s a particularly complicated estate, or a contentious probate, which could take several years.

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All our probate work is undertakn by Trust Inheritance, a leading UK probate specialist

- One of the cheapest services in the UK with costs starting at only £500 plus VAT

 

- We aim to deliver a premium level service

 

- We pride ourselves on how quickly we are able to help you complete the probate process

 

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What Is A Grant of Probate?

The purpose of a Grant of Probate is to ensure whomever was named the administrator of the estate will oversee certain proceedings in the event of someone’s death. The administrator is ultimately responsible for collecting the assets, paying any outstanding debts, and distributing the assets to the beneficiaries.

However, there are times when Probate solicitors might be required, particularly if it’s a complicated estate to administer.

What Is Lasting Power of Attorney?

The Lasting Power of Attorney (or LPA) is a legal document allowing someone over the age of 21 to appoint one or more persons to act on his or her behalf should, one day, mental capacity be lost.

An LPA protects your interests, enabling you to pick a trusted proxy to deal with your affairs should the need arise. Having an LPA in place means saving loved ones from the stress of having to apply for a Deputyship order should a loss of mental capacity occur.

Do I Have to Pay Inheritance Tax?

The short answer is, usually.

Inheritance tax is the tax on the estate left after somebody dies. Currently, UK Inheritance tax is at 40 percent, but if the deceased’s estate is worth less that £325,000 (650,000 for a married couple) than nothing has to be paid at all.

Neither does the tax have to be paid if the spouse or civil partner is left everything. Also, if the deceased has given money or property as a gift during their lifetime this might also be exempt, so long as it complies with HMRC’s regulations.

What Is Capital Gains Tax?

Capital Gains Tax is the tax paid when an asset that has increased in value is sold or disposed of. It’s the gain that’s made that is taxed, as opposed to the amount of money you receive.

Some assets, however, are tax free, and you don’t have to pay Capital Gains Tax if your yearly gains are under your tax-free allowance.

Estate administration

Applying for Probate

If you’re the executor you can apply for probate personally, or have your probate solicitors do it for you. Before your application you’re obliged to estimate and report the estate’s value.

The probate registry will issue a Grants of Representation, a document that gives you the right to deal with the deceased’s estate. The probate registry will then issue a Grant of Probate to the executor.

Do I Need a Probate Solicitor?

The short answer is No.

You can use a probate specialist, who is often cheaper than a probate solicitor.  Or you can do it yourself.

DIY probate is something many people consider, and it is possible to do it yourself if the process isn’t too complex. You would, of course, save money, but you’d also create a lot of work for yourself. A fixed fee solicitor might be the answer.

This means being able to manage your probate costs, as a fixed fee solicitor forfeits the usual hourly in favour of a price for each step of the process. For many, an easier prospect than DIY probate.

What Are an Executor’s Main Responsibilities?

Estate Administration is, ultimately, the process of collecting and managing the estate, paying any outstanding taxes or debts and distributing the remaining property to the heirs. It is the named executor who will be expected to learn about Estate Administration and carry out these tasks.

So, how long does probate take after swearing oath? Expect it to be a 4/6 month process at least, and be prepared for it to take as long as a year.

How the UK Care Guide and Co-Op Legal Services can help you with probate – No upfront costs, meet with you in your home and with a fixed fee for peace of mind

We have partnered with Co-Op Legal Services, one of the UK’s leading probate specialists, to bring our site users a cost effective but premium level probate service. The Co-op can put you in touch with probate solicitors and specialists near you.

We realise that for many it is essential that probate is completed quickly.  That is why our dedicated service is designed to speed things up as much as possible for you and consequently reduce the time it takes for probate to be completed.

The services are broken down in to 2 options.  These allow you to choose how involved you want to be in the probate process.

Option 1 – “Tell me what to do” – Initial advice using this service is ALL free

We work in partnership with Co-op Legal Services who offer a Bereavement Notification Service which provides helpful practical advice and assistance following a bereavement. This allows you to take on much of the work involved with probate.

This may include help with financial matters such as providing letter templates for you to give to the bank, building society, pension provider and other financial institutions about your loss.

The service can also help with stopping unwanted mail, closing social media accounts and giving advice where there has been a referral to the coroner or there is to be an inquest.

For free initial advice call our Probate Specialists on – 0330 0417 754

Option 2 – “Do it all for me” – Initial advice using this service is ALL free

Co-op Legal Services offers a complete Probate Service and will do all the work for you. There are no upfront costs for this service and a fixed fee can be agreed to give you peace of mind.

We take full responsibility for getting the Grant of Probate and dealing with the Legal, Tax (excluding VAT), Property and Estate Administration affairs on your behalf.

Our local Probate Consultant can meet with you in your home or another location (in England or Wales) to explain the Probate process, to answer your questions.

We will provide you with a Fixed Fee Probate quote which is based on the individual circumstances of your loved one’s Estate. Our prices are some of the best value in the UK.

There are a number of factors which can affect the complexity of an Estate and the quotation you will be given, including the value and nature of the assets, whether or not there is a Will, and the number of Beneficiaries.

There are no upfront costs to pay as our Probate fees are deferred and will be taken from the Estate once it is in funds. 

For free initial advice call our Probate Specialists on – 0330 0417 754

Co-op Legal Services is a trading name of Co-operative Legal Services Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Would you like some help dealing with the process of Probate and making sure you don't spend any more than you need to?

3 Reasons Why You Should Use Us

Alternatively, you can leave your contact details below and a specialist will get in contact to help you.

All our probate work is undertakn by Trust Inheritance, a leading UK probate specialist

- One of the cheapest services in the UK with costs starting at only £500 plus VAT

 

- We aim to deliver a premium level service

 

- We pride ourselves on how quickly we are able to help you complete the probate process

 

Call 0800 840 1187 and we can start helping you straight away.

 

 

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