Has someone close to you recently passed away?
Do you think you might be entitled to the probate of an estate for a deceased individual in the England and Wales?
If you are struggling to fill out the forms online and need digital assistance, read on to find out more.
Can you apply for probate?
Probate is the legal right to deal with someone’s property, money and possessions (their ‘estate’) when they die.
You should not make any financial plans or put property on the market until you’ve got probate.
Check if probate is needed
Contact the financial organisations the person who died used (for example, their bank and mortgage company) to find out if you’ll need probate to get access to their assets. Every organisation has its own rules.
You may not need probate if the person who died:
- only had savings
- owned shares or money with others - this automatically passes to the surviving owners unless they’ve agreed otherwise
- owned land or property as ‘joint tenants’ with others - this automatically passes to the surviving owners
Check if you can apply for probate
Only certain people can apply for probate. Who can apply depends on whether or not there’s a will.
If there’s a will, executors named in it can apply.
If there’s not a will, the closest living relative can apply.
Value the estate and work out Inheritance Tax
Before applying for probate, estimate the value of the estate of the person who died and find out if you need to pay Inheritance Tax.
When you can apply for probate depends on whether or not there’s Inheritance Tax to pay.
If you are applying for probate...
You CAN find Digital Support for filling out these forms online.
- You may not be able to confidently use a digital device.
- You may not be confident in filling out forms online independently.
- You may not have access to a device.
If any of these apply to you contact us!