In applying for a grant of probate you must be named first as an executor of someone’s will. The task of dealing with the estate can usually fall to the person’s closest relative if ever there is not will, and they become the administrator in that sense. If ever that will be you, you will require to apply for another grant and this is actually known as the letter for administration. Prior to application of either type of grants, you need to gather the necessary information about the estate and have to send it to the Probate Registry after. You can do this alone or you can simply hire for the solicitor in order to do this on your behalf.
Try to work out first whether a grant of probate or the letters of administration is necessary or not anymore as the first step. If ever you are in the doubtful level, you need to seek for the advice from the probate solicitor or the HMRC.
The second step is to value the estate if the grant of probate is needed. You need to go through the paperwork of the deceased person in order to work out with the total value of the estate, accounting for those liabilities, like the debts to be settled or the inheritance tax that is payable. You are required to send a copy of the death certificate and the copy of the will to any of the institutions that is holding some or all of the assets of the dead person and then request for the final statement from every single one of them.
It is also best to see if the tax for the inheritance is due already. The IHT or the Inheritance tax will come into due if ever the value of the estate can exceed the total threshold, unless there is a certain exemption that will be applied like for example the assets passing to the spouse or the charity are an exempt from the IHT. The IHT threshold can actually be raised until it will include the unused allowance of the partner or the spouse if ever the dead person was a surviving spouse. In this case, you can be able to claim the unused IHT allowance in the basis of pro-rata.
Lastly, you can now fill up numerous number of forms to be sent to the Probate Registry once you have already valued the estate and worked out on whether the inheritance tax will be payable or not.