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How long does probate take?

There are no hard and fast rules – it very much depends on the nature of the assets, the complexity of the will, the size of the estate, and whether any claims are made. In the case of an estate where inheritance tax is payable, for example, detailed information must be given to the Capital Taxes Office and it can take time to collect this and to report it. Missing beneficiaries – beneficiaries under either a will or the UK intestacy rules who cannot be traced – are an increasingly common problem and there are many unforeseen things that can crop up during the administration. For example, HMRC can now be very slow indeed to process income tax returns to the date of death – 3 to 6 month delays are typical – and we do not recommend to personal representatives that they make distributions until HMRC confirm that they are happy with the tax position and are closing their files.


As a general estimate, it takes between 6 months and a year to complete a routine administration.

Our online probate service costs just 1.25% of the value of the estate
(plus VAT)

Our probate service however is designed to be swift and simple compared with the traditional way of dealing with probate. As part of our online probate service, we keep you informed of what is happening and give you an estimate of the likely time it will take to finalise matters.


For more information about our online probate service, contact us today.
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