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Probate

Probate Solicitors

Comptons Solicitors offers a range of probate services including advice on Estate Administration and assisting with Estate Administration.
What is Probate?

A grant of probate is a formal legal document that enables the executors of an estate to carry out administrative tasks such as deal with banks, shareholdings and property of the deceased. In order to apply for a grant of probate, you need to submit an application to the Probate Registry.

What is the Probate Registry?

The Probate Registry is the court that deals with all matters relating to probate and it is responsible for issuing grants of probate and letters of administration. All applications for probate are sent to the Probate Registry.

How do I submit an application to the Probate Registry?

You can apply for probate yourself online, but it can be a complicated process with a number of documents required. As such, it is often easier to have a solicitor handle the process. Applications depend on a number of factors specific to the deceased and whether they left a Will. You must be 18 years of age or over to apply.

When is Probate required?

Probate is usually required if the person who died had assets in his or her sole name worth over £5000, for example an ISA or shareholdings. Any property that was owned jointly can pass automatically to the survivor.

Do I need to get a grant of Probate if my spouse or civil partner dies?

Probate is only required if your spouse or civil partner owned assets in their sole name valued at over £5000. Anything owned jointly will not require probate.

Looking to speak with someone about Probate? Contact us today.

Who to speak to at Comptons

Lanka Bandara
Associate Partner, Head of Private Client
+44 (0)20 7482 9526
lb@comptons.co.uk

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