Probate is the legal and financial process of dealing with the property, money and possessions of a person who has died.
The probate procedure can be long and complicated. However, Tower Street Finance offers a range of dedicated products to help you access your inheritance.
The Probate Process Explained
· Step 1: Applying for a Grant of Probate
The Executor of a Will (or Personal Representative when there is no Will) applies to the Courts for a Grant of Probate. This gives them legal control over the deceased person’s assets so that they can start the process of disposing of them, and therefore settle any liabilities of the Estate, before distributing the residual proceeds to the Beneficiaries.
· Step 2: Paying Inheritance Tax
However, in order to get the Grant of Probate, any Inheritance Tax (IHT) has to be paid to HMRC before it can be issued by the Courts. This means that the Executor/Personal Representative has to find the money to pay the IHT before they have access to the assets held in the Estate.
How Long Does Probate Take?
The final phase of the probate process involves disposing of the assets and the distribution of the estate proceeds to the Beneficiaries of the Will. Given how complicated the process is, it is usually 9-12 months before any of the Beneficiaries can make a claim on the Estate after probate and receive any money from the Estate.
Need Help with Probate and Inheritance Tax?
Probate is the process of administering a deceased person’s estate. It usually takes several months from the appointment of the Executor of the Will to receiving the Grant of Probate, and even longer to the final distribution of the assets to the beneficiaries.
Tower Street Finance recognises that the Probate and Inheritance Tax processes, and the delay before Beneficiaries receive any money, can have a significant impact on the Executor/Personal Representative/Beneficiaries.
We have therefore designed two unique products to help you with the different steps of the probate process:
IHT Loan, for paying IHT to HMRC so the Grant of Probate is not held up
Inheritance Advance, to allow Beneficiaries to access a proportion of their inheritance earlier