Wills & Probate Cheshunt Posted by Probate Bureau Cheshunt , 11/05/2018

Wills & Probate Cheshunt

Wills & Probate Cheshunt

What exactly is Probate?

Probate is the administration course of action which resolves claims and distributes a deceased person's assets. The granting of probate is the first step in this legal process.

What exactly is a Will?

A will is really a legal record by which an individual communicates their wishes of precisely how their house and belongings, referred to as "estate", is going to be dispersed when they die. A minimum of one executor needs to be named in the will, and they are in charge of handling the estate to its conclusions.

How does Probate work without a Will?

Probate is the legal process that happens to manage the liabilities and assets when a person dies. The procedure is done through the probate court. When someone dies and leaves a will, then probate is necessary to implement the conditions of that will. The probate process nonetheless would need to happen if an individual passes away without having a will and has property and assets that must be allocated under the law of inheritance.

Am I Allowed To do Probate Myself?

You can do probate oneself, it's going to take a lot of time, typically takes between 6 to 9 months to try and do and may be the equivalent of 80 work hours. Bear in mind that other difficulties can mean the process takes much longer. Additional complications could possibly be, if the Will is contested, or even the deceased didn't keep a clear record of all their belongings. If you're planning on engaging in probate yourself then do your research before starting to ensure that you can allocate the amount of time necessary for this legal course of action.

The process includes:

o Valuing the estate o Collating the deceased bank accounts and insurance policies

o Completing the Probate Application Form (PA1)

o Even if the estate doesn't owe inheritance tax (IHT) an IHT205 Form must be completed for the HMRC

o Submitting the forms

o Attending a probate appointment to declare 'on' oath what you have submitted is precise

o Paying the taxes due

What are Probate Fees?

Probate Fees are the charges for the assistance of both the solicitor and executor and they're extracted from the deceased's estate. In the event the executor is a relative who'll inherit from the estate then it's frequent for them to waive their fees.

Do you have to proceed through Probate when there is a Will?

Wills only need to undergo probate in order to move the ownership of assets from among the departed to their living beneficiaries.

How does one go through Probate without having a Will?

The probate process starts once you file the probate petition with the probate court to either; admit the will to probate and appoint the executor or; if there is no will, to appoint an administrator of the estate.

What happens to your children if you don't have a Will?

When you die without a will, the law takes over and the court will distribute your assets to your next of kin according to an order of succession. If they're minors, the probate court will also have to designate a conservator for them, in addition to a guardian, therefore a legally created will is extremely important to make certain your sons or daughters are looked after and cared for by the person who you want to be their guardian.

What needs to pass through Probate?

Not everything you own will automatically go through probate. Generally, assets that don't go through probate are; jointly owned assets that transfer to the surviving owner; assets that have a valid beneficiary designation; and properties and assets that are within a trust. Therefore, it's not normally essential to acquire Probate if all the deceased's belongings are jointly held with a surviving partner since these assets will move automatically. It is always best to check these with a solicitor in planning the process and documentation since they don't always avoid probate, it is therefore always best to check to start with.

What do I need to do in order to ensure my assets and estate are dispersed as I would like them to when I have passed away?

Always go to an experienced and qualified solicitor (such as Probate Bureau) who specialises in writing wills as they can be complex and hard to understand yourself. Speak to your solicitor about your wishes in each and every scenario, addressing each and every sequence of event to ensure your wishes are followed. When they've given their guidance, ask them questions regarding what can happen in certain situations to make certain they have understood your needs. Bear in mind, if you don't have an extensive Will that has been written and certified properly then this can often cause difficulties and family rifts once you pass away. Many estates and assets decline in these situations as the legal charges might be large. Always chat through your will with your family members to make sure they are crystal clear about your wishes once you are gone.

How much is Inheritance Tax in the United Kingdom?

Your estate will owe tax at 40% on anything over the £325,000 inheritance tax threshold when you die, or 36% should you leave a minimum of 10% to a charitable organisation. The standard Inheritance Tax rate is 40%. It's only charged for your estate that's higher than the threshold of £325,000. As one example, if the estate is worth £500,000 your tax-free threshold is £325,000. The Inheritance Tax is going to be charged at 40% of £175,000 (£500,000 minus £325,000 ).

Do you pay tax on inherited money?

You do not normally pay tax on anything you inherit at the time you inherit it. You may need to pay: Income Tax on any profit you later earn from your inheritance, by way of example, dividends from shares or rental income from a property and Capital Gains Tax if you in the future sell shares or a home you inherited.

About the Probate Bureau

We are a family run company and were established in 1999 after many people were suffering from issues with a few of the traditional providers of probate estate administration services.


Together with our sister company TPB Financial Services, we offer custom legal and financial solutions, saving families money and administering estates in sometimes half the time and at half the cost of most other providers.

Our helpful and specialist workforce is always available to assist you through an ever- increasing complex area of legal practice. We are based in Hertfordshire together with our sister company, TPB Financial Services Ltd. We offer an exclusive combination of bespoke legal and financial strategies to families at a very difficult and stressful time.

As well as offering a full probate administration service we also deliver estate planning, inheritance tax advice and also the drafting of Wills, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

The Probate Bureau Ethos

Our ethos is to save family members time, money and anxiety. We shoulder the whole burden of winding up an estate from paying of the funeral director to getting final Inland Revenue clearance and give the very best service at a fair and reasonable set cost. Our remarkably successful and qualified team is directed by our in-house lawyer and if there are no additional complications we administer numerous estates within just six months.

We offer a no cost, no obligation meeting in your home and we'll answer any worries and queries you could have at this tough time. Our consultants are not paid commission, and we don't pay or receive any commission from other companies. Which means you are safe in the knowledge we will do the best for you and your family.

We are the longest running specialist estate administration company in the United Kingdom and are recommended by in excess of 1000 impartial funeral directors. We are well respected and highly trusted in the industry and this means we have been able to secure professional special discounts which we then pass onto our customer's, contributing to more money being held on to within a family and estate.

Why Consider Us?

Most of our business arises from personal recommendation, the following are some of the factors why you should consider us to assist you with your Probate or Will:

1. Your call definitely won't be answered by an impersonal contact centre. The team member who takes your phone call will have the first- hand experience with administering an estate and are bereavement trained, being highly sensitive to your needs at this tough time. We ensure your enquiry is going to be answered by an experienced and empathetic expert.

2. We don't have commission compensated sales staff like many organisations do. If you want a no cost, no obligation home visit you'll be seen by a director of the company; who will provide you with all the advice and important information, and also a comprehensive and trustworthy quote.

3. We don't look for money in the beginning once you instruct us unless of course there's an unusual situation so we know the quicker and more efficiently we complete the administration, the sooner we are paid off. At the start of the process, we will highlight exactly what the disbursements could be depending on the data we have. Our costs are plainly outlined without hidden extras so there are no unexpected situations for you at the conclusion of the task.

4. Our team are incredibly experienced and we have a proven track record. We only employ properly accredited staff members and we utilise cutting-edge case management software, making every single probate process extremely effective for us and every customer. We are the longest running, professional Probate Administration Firm in the United Kingdom, and therefore are approved by more than 1000 impartial funeral directors, together with other legal and financial industry experts.

5. We only deal with the best professional associates: Having an in-house independent financial service brings a fresh and positive dimension to our existing service. A solicitor can't provide you with financial advice and an accountant or financial advisor cannot give you legal advice; we, nevertheless, can supply you with both. It has never been more valuable to safeguard everything you create or inherit. Sound legal and financial advice is a must in today's more and more complex legal world. We have professional links with Estate agents, accountants and many more, so we can offer you a true" one-stop-shop" experience, saving you time, money and anxiety.

6. Although every single case differs from the others, we can provide you with a fixed quote once we meet with you and are anything in between 15% to 48% less expensive than a typical solicitors fee. You can see our comparison prices here: http://www.probatebureau.com/why-use-us/. We do not charge a per hour fee or charge for every single phone call, email or correspondence so and that means you can simply call whenever you have a question or problem without having to worry about increasing costs.

We never compromise on the quality of services our company offers and our aim is to save families time, money and stress at probably the most difficult times of their lives.

o We are qualified by examination to write Wills and relevant paperwork

o We carry £2m of Professional Indemnity Insurance cover to protect our clients

o We have undergone a Disclosure & Barring Service ('DBS'' formally 'CRB')

o We carry out routine specialist refresher training ('CPD') to upgrade our expertise and service

o We are subject to the IPW's Code of Practice which is approved by the Trading Standards Institute under its Consumer Codes Approval Scheme

o We also comply with The Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct

7. Last But Not Least, and even more importantly we care. We are passionate and care about protecting and enhancing your inheritance. We won't treat you like one more number, every one of our customers is unique and all of us are trained to take care of you exactly how we wish to be treated ourselves.

If you are searching for professional guidance or would like to learn how to administer an estate yourself, The Probate Bureau will help. We can tell you all you need to know about administering a family member's estate.

Call us on 0808 256 2366 to check what you should do, and above all, what you should not do before you do anything else. The Probate Bureau- professional Will writing and probate services in Cheshunt.

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