With banks, building societies and law offices closing across the country, many people have been left wondering how to deal with their loved one’s estate. Here are some tips to help you apply for probate from the comfort of your own home.
Can you apply for probate without seeing a solicitor?
Yes, you can apply for probate without going to see a solicitor. With social distancing rules in place across the country, solicitors are no longer able to offer a face-to-face service. But this doesn’t mean you have to put it off – our team specialise in helping people get probate sorted over the phone.
If you need help getting probate sorted, or if you have questions about what’s required, give us a call on 020 3695 2090. We can take you through everything one step at a time to help get your probate application ready.
Once your application has been submitted and approved by the probate registry, your grant of probate or grant of letters of administration will be sent out to you in the post.
How do you value a property when the estate agents are closed?
In most cases, our probate specialists can accept an estimate or online valuation for your loved one’s property. You can get a virtual valuation by going to Purplebricks’ free house valuation page here.
The only time this can’t be accepted is if the value of the estate you’re dealing with is close to the inheritance tax threshold. This is £325,000 for 2020/21, but if your loved one previously inherited all of their spouse’s estate, the inheritance tax threshold may be £650,000.
If you know you need probate but you’re unsure which inheritance threshold applies for your loved one’s estate, call our probate specialists on 020 3695 2090.
How do you calculate the value of someone's estate when the banks are closed?
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, banks and building societies across the UK are closed. This means that you can’t go into your local branch to enquire about your loved one’s accounts. However, our customers have found that you can get the information you need by giving them a call.
If you need help with this, please give us a call on 020 3695 2090.