Applying for probate
Once the value of the estate has been agreed, reported to HMRC and at least some of the IHT paid, the next step is the application for probate.
As an executor, you have the ability to apply for probate online, but the deceased must also have lived in England or Wales most of the time to use this service. You’ll need to send the original will, with any codicils (an addition or supplement that explains, modifies or revokes a will or part of one), and original death certificate by post in support of your online application.
If there is no will, or none of the named executors can act, then the next of kin should apply to the probate registry for Letters of Administration. Further details regarding the application for probate, where to send documents and fees involved can be found on the government website.
We recommend you commence the probate process early enough to provide sufficient time for the work to be done before the deadlines.
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