When a loved one passes away you may need to apply for the legal right to deal with their property, money, and possessions (their estate), by applying for probate. If the person has left a will, you will receive a “grant of probate”.

If the person did not leave a will (intestate), you will receive a “grant of letters of administration”.

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The estate will then need to be administered. This means dealing with all the assets (such as property, personal possessions, shares), any bank accounts, paying any liabilities, including inheritance tax and income tax and finally distributing the remaining assets to the estate’s beneficiaries.

As accountants, we are already very well qualified and experienced in dealing with IHT tax calculations, completing, and filing tax forms and are often in the best position to assist.

At a time of bereavement, we can advise you what to do when a family member or loved one passes away, whether they have left a will or not.

As part of our probate service, we will deal sympathetically and efficiently with applying for a grant of probate and the administration of the estate, relieving you of the worry and responsibilities.

We offer a free, no obligation initial conversation to discuss your requirements and the likely cost of our fees.

Hollands Probate Limited is licensed by the Institute of Chartered accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) to carry out the reserved legal activity of non-contentious probate in England and Wales.

Both Directors can both provide this service – Kate Barry & Philip Barry

Our Services

We offer 3 levels of service depending upon your needs.

  • we only apply for the grant of probate and you administer the estate yourself.*
  • we complete HMRC form IHT400 and apply for the grant of probate and you administer the estate yourself.*
  • A full probate service which includes completing HMRC form IHT400, applying for the grant of probate and the administration of the estate.*

*We reserve the right to review the fixed fee or hourly rate should circumstances out of our control come into play. We will be open, transparent, and timely with our conversations with you regarding this.

How long will it take?

This will depend on the complexities of each case; however, most estates are settled within 6 to 9 months. It typically takes 10-12 weeks to obtain the grant of probate and the remainder of the time to administer the estate. Timescales are often dependant on third parties such as the Probate Office and Financial Institutions.