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Probate Solicitors in Manchester & Probate Conveyancing 

The Probate Solicitors at Ford Banks Irwin Solicitors are here to help. We have very cost effective, streamlined and efficient systems in place to guide you through the probate process.  Please telephone 0161 866 8999 for a free informal chat.
There are several issues that need to be addressed when a loved one passes away.  Many will find this a difficult if not impossible during the grieving process.  Controlling your emotions is very difficult and thinking clearly whilst grieving for your loss even more so.  The first questions many clients ask is who has the responsibility for dealing with the deceased's affairs.  Probate Solicitors and Lawyers should be able to help you confidentially and sympathetically to look at all the points you need to consider.

Many clients are able to obtain a grant of probate themselves with minimal assistance using the probate's own advice and assistance procedures.

A checklist of steps to consider:
Creating a checklist of things to do and questions to ask is always useful.  Here are a few points to help you start:-

1. Has the death certificate been issued and details correctly registered.

2. Find the Will or look at the rules of intestacy (where there is no Will).    
3. Identify the Personal Representatives. (People responsible for administering the Will / following rules on intestacy)

4. Arrange the funeral in accordance with the reasonable wishes and intentions of the deceased.

5. Decide which forms are needed for the probate and inheritance tax.

6. Attend to the urgent and important steps of securing / insuring any house, car or other valuables.

7. Start lists of assets and liabilities and open a separate bank account for the administration of the estate if required.

8. Organise any valuations, if required.

9. Send out initial letters to Banks / Building Societies / financial institutions.

10. Assess the value of the estate for Inheritance tax purposes and the forms required.

11. Complete the probate forms from the probate registry and Inheritance tax forms from HMRC.

12. Attend the probate registry appointment to sign and complete the forms.

13.  Arrange to pay any inheritance tax, if any.  Lump sum or by installments.

14.  The probate registry should now issue the grant of probate (where there is a Will) or Letters of Administration (where there is no Will).

15.  You can now send out the grant of probate / letters of administration to the Banks / Building Societies / Financial institutions and all concerned.

16. Assess the need to advertise for creditors.

17. Arrange to collect all the assets and keep proper records.

18. Pay all liabilities.

19. Contact HMRC for some income tax and capital gains tax forms, if required. (For income and capital gains since the date of death).

20. Obtain HMRC clearance certificate.

21. Assess any claims /challenges to the will from any Dependants.

22.  Finally start distributing the assets in accordance with the Will / rules on intestacy.

23. Prepare final accounts and update records.

24. Close any bank accounts used to administer the estate.

25.  Keep the complete set of accounts and records for the appropriate length of time.   


You should understand:
(a) What probate is and when it applies to the administration of the estate.
(b) Assess whether probate is required to administer the estate of the deceased.
(c) Determine who is entitled to deal with the estate where there is a Will.
(d) Determine who is entitled to deal with the estate where there is no Will (where someone passes away intestate).
(e) Understand the legal, tax and administration work that will need to be done.   
Please telephone Paul on 0161 866 8999 if you require any further information.

Additional Information

Applying for a grant of probate / letters of administration


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