What exactly is involved on an application for a grant of probate?
Estates vary in their constituent assets and in value generally. The Executor will probably need the help of a solicitor who will firstly investigate all assets in order to calculate the estate value and this may entail the engagement of a professional property valuer or accountant where a business is involved. After that the application forms need to be prepared and signed by the Executor including in particular an oath to be sworn by him confirming the facts of the application generally and undertaking to carry out his duties lawfully. Details must be supplied to H M Revenue & Customs and all Inheritance Tax paid at that stage. Only when you have a clearance and tax receipt can the matter proceed further to an application to the Probate Court.
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