How long does the probate process take? – The probate process takes around a year on average, from the date of the person’s death to the estate being distributed. It may take less time, but even simple estates usually take a minimum of six months to complete probate. However, once a Grant of Probate has been issued, it should be only around six weeks before the estate is distributed.
How long does it take to get a grant of probate UK?
What you’ll get – You’ll get a document that allows you to start dealing with the estate. This will be one of the following:
a ‘grant of probate’ – if the person left a will ‘letters of administration with will annexed’ – if the will does not name an executor or the named executor cannot apply ‘letters of administration’ – if the person did not leave a will
You’ll usually get the grant of probate or letters of administration within 16 weeks of submitting your application. It can take longer if you need to provide additional information. If you ordered copies of your probate document for use outside the UK, these will take longer to arrive than your UK copy.
What debts are forgiven at death UK?
What happens to water bills after death? – Tell the water company about the death as soon as you can. Most water companies will have an online form that you can complete. The form will ask for contact details, details of the deceased, whether water will continue to be used at the property and details of the executor.
Any joint occupier will also be responsible for the ongoing bill, the name(s) on the bill should be changed by the water company. If there are any arrears, the joint occupier will also be responsible for these. Water arrears are a non-priority debt because the supply can’t be disconnected if there is still someone living in the property.
See our Water arrears fact sheet for more information. Any liable person would need to pay the on-going water bill and offer an affordable amount to any arrears. If you have been left with a water bill that you will struggle to pay, please contact us for advice.
What happens after probate is granted UK?
How do you know when probate has been granted? – Knowing when probate has been granted typically involves a notification or official document from the relevant probate court. The time it takes to receive the grant of probate can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the estate and any potential challenges, such as contesting a will.
How long does probate take in the UK?
Statutory Notice Periods – There are many administrative barriers to cross when dealing with Probate. For example, there is a requirement to publish the death and a statutory period of two months from the date of advertisement for creditors and others who may wish to make a claim to come forward.
Can you track a probate application UK?
Yes, it is possible to track a probate application in the UK. The UK’s HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) offers an online service called the Probate Tracking System that allows you to track the progress of your probate application. To use the service, you will need to provide the case number for your probate application and the name of the deceased.
You can also track the progress of your probate application through a solicitor or probate professional if you have appointed one. They will have access to the same information as the Probate Tracking System and will be able to provide you with updates on the status of your application. It’s worth noting that the process of obtaining a grant of probate can take several months, depending on the complexity of the estate and the workload of the probate registry.
It is important to be patient and not to be worried if the process takes longer than you expect.
How do you know if you are named in a will UK?
Who contacts beneficiaries of a Will? – It is the responsibility of an executor to notify the beneficiaries, so the best way to find out if you are a beneficiary in a Will is to ask your deceased family member’s executor or solicitor. If there are no executors named in the Will who are still living, then someone will be designated by the authorities as the “Administrator of the Estate” and the role of informing beneficiaries will fall to them.