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Do I need a Solicitor for probate?

Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks that need to be completed, which can make an already difficult time even more stressful. The Executor (if there is a Will) or Administrator (if there is no Will) is responsible for administering the deceased’s estate as per the wishes in their Will. They should consider: Whether probate is needed What’s involved in the probate process Whether a probate Solicitor is required In this blog, we aim to answer these queries and alleviate confusion around the probate application process.
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What should I do when someone dies?

When a loved one passes away, the initial steps can be overwhelming. There are a number of tasks that need to be completed and it is often difficult to work out what should be done first. This can make an already tough time even more stressful; this blog aims to simplify the first steps to be taken following a bereavement.
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Grant of Probate delays continue due to rising number of applications

Bereaved families administering a loved one’s estate continue to face delays with Grant of Probate applications in England and Wales. A recent STEP article reports that 23,572 applications were received by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) in January 2022. This is an increase of 5,297 (29%) on the 18,275 applications received in December 2021 for probate. The article also states that 2021 was the second-highest year in the past ten years for Grants issued.
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When is probate required? An overview of UK financial institution thresholds

Probate, also known as Grant of Probate, may be needed when someone passes away. Obtaining probate provides the Executor(s) or Administrator(s) with the authority to act on behalf of the estate and proceed with the estate administration process.
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What is the difference between probate and estate administration?

When someone close to you dies, it is easy to get overwhelmed when considering the upcoming tasks and the unfamiliar language associated with them. Firstly, it is important to understand the basics; this blog post aims to answer some of the most common questions associated with handling an individual’s estate after they have died, including:
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What can go wrong with the DIY probate approach?

The tasks that need to be considered following the death of a loved one are not something you will face on a regular basis. Therefore, knowing where to start can often be daunting and it can be a difficult process to get the ball rolling. Whilst many people opt to instruct an estate administration specialist to help, others choose the DIY (do it yourself) route in the hope of saving more money to maximise the amount of inheritance due to the beneficiaries of the estate.
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Wills, probate and estate administration in a COVID-19 world

It’s no secret - the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has posed several challenges to almost every aspect of our lives. The Wills and probate industry is no exception.
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Probate fees from July 2019

on 10-Sep-2019 09:29:00 By | Kings Court Trust | Grant of Probate Probate Probate Fees
As of Monday 14th October 2019, the proposal to increase probate fees has been withdrawn. Click here to read our latest blog post on the matter. On 22 July 2019, HM Courts & Tribunals Service released revised probate fees including costs for applications and additional copies of the Grant of Representation. Although the cost of the application has not changed, any additional copies will now be charged at £1.50 per copy, rather than the 50p that was previously charged.
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Probate applications continue to suffer severe delays

Back in May 2019, we wrote about how probate registries in England and Wales were suffering from processing delays on Grant of Probate and Grant of Letter of Administration applications. We’re now a couple of months down the line and the backlog continues. Therefore, we wanted to provide our clients and business partners with another update.
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