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What is Probate?
Probate is a legal document that allows the deceased's assets to be released to one or more people who have the legal authority to act and administer the estate. It proves to the asset holders that they are releasing the assets to the correct and authorised people.
When Probate is required the assets of the estate are essentially ‘frozen’ to safeguard them against an ‘incorrect distribution’ to the wrong people. This means that without the Grant of Probate a property cannot be sold and the deceased’s bank accounts and other financial assets cannot be accessed.
A common misconception around Probate is that it is not required if the deceased made a Will. If there is a valid Will it is called a ‘Grant of Probate’ and if there is no valid Will (intestacy) it is called ‘Letters of Administration’.
If you’re not sure whether you require probate please contact us.
How can we help?
Affinion can help deliver a Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration where appropriate) at a lower price and much faster than traditional Probate providers. We guarantee to obtain the grant for a fixed and inclusive fee and within just 30 working days*, both of which are industry leading.
Once you have the Grant of Probate this will allow you to complete the remainder of the estate administration yourself without the need to attend an interview at the Probate Court.
Making a personal application and obtaining a Grant of Probate takes on average 3 months and costs £215. Affinion will guarantee to deliver the Grant to you within just 30 working days and for a fixed and inclusive fee*. We can deliver the Grant quickly and ensure that everything is dealt with efficiently and accurately, as we specialise in Probate and nothing else.
Our specialists appreciate that this can be a difficult time and if you are having to deal with a loved one’s estate, we can help. We will make the experience as stress-free as possible by removing the burdens and responsibilities of the application process from you.
What will we do
Affinion’s Grant of Probate Service will:
- Provide you with a dedicated Case Manager
- Check the validity of the Will or apply the Rules of Intestacy if there is no Will
- Complete the Probate application form
- Prepare the Statement of Truth required to be signed by the Executors and Administrators
- Complete the Inheritance Tax forms (whether tax is due or not)
- Calculate any Inheritance Tax liability
- Apply for the Grant of Probate
Your dedicated Case Manager will handle the application so you don’t have to – saving you time and effort, whilst providing you with a peace of mind that comes from knowing that it’s all been done correctly.
*Terms and Conditions apply