If for instance you have been assigned as an executor for the will of a certain person, you will need to apply for the grant of the probate to begin on dealing with their certain estate. If ever there will be no will, the task now of dealing with the real estate can simply fall to the closest relative of the person, who will now become known as the administrator. If this person is you, you will be required to apply for the different grant that is called the letters of administration. It is very important that you are to gather the necessary information all about the estate then have to send it to the Probate Registry prior to applying for either type of grants. You can do this alone or you can simply hire for the solicitor in order to do this on your behalf.
First step is to work out a certain grant of probate or the letters of recommendations will be needed or not. 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 must go into the needed paperwork of the dead person to be able to work out on the total value of the estate, making accounting for the liabilities, like the inheritance tax that is payable and the debts that is needed to be settled. It is required to send a copy of the death certificate as well as the copy of the will to any institutions that are holding the assets and the final statement of every one of them.
Also, you need to work out if ever the inheritance tax is due or not yet. 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.