A grant of probate or letters of administration (‘grant of representation’) is needed where an executor appointed in a deceased person’s will, or an administrator if the deceased died without a will, requires authority to take control of a deceased person’s assets (e.g. bank accounts or property) and then distribute the assets according to the deceased’s wishes in their will or by the intestacy rules if there is no will.
Following on from the government’s proposal back in February 2017 to increase the court application fee for a grant of representation to up to £20,000, which was dismissed before it took effect; there is now a new plan for a rise in probate fees which is due to be introduced from April 2019.
If you have any concerns or queries, please contact a member of the Rooks Rider Solicitors’ Wealth Planning Team.
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