About Probate Forms
Obtaining a grant of probate and understanding exactly what it is can be very confusing. When somebody dies, a family member or close friend needs to apply at the probate office for a grant of probate.
The grant of probate basically proves if the will, if one is found, is valid or not. Once the will is deemed as valid by a judge then the court can identify the executor of the estate, creditors with claims on the estate and the beneficiaries of the estate.
When somebody dies, you will have to gather many documents/probate forms, both personal and official, in order to file for probate. In addition to finding documents you will need to register the death and arrange a funeral.
You will need to find the will of the deceased and if there is not will you need to decide who will be the administrators. You will have to find the documents of the deceased both personal and professional. Make sure you go through all the documents of the deceased. If you have any questions at all, you can speak to a member of our team who can advice you on what is involved in probate.
Prior to obtaining probate and carrying out the last will of the deceased, the executor of the will must fill out the probate forms which can be very confusing and time consuming.
You should fill out two forms, Form PA1 and Form IHT205, after you gathered all the important documents and information regarding the deceased.
The FORM PA1 is the probate application form and must be completed for every estate that is subject to probate. It will require that you know the name, date of birth and death, and occupation of the deceased. You must also identify if there was a will left behind and if the deceased appointed representatives in the will. The form basically requires that you know the personal information regarding the deceased.
FORM IHT205 deals with information regarding the estate of the deceased. This particular form is used for small estates with a total value less than the inheritance tax threshold. This form is also used for estates that are worth less than £1,000,000, with no inheritance tax to pay. If there is inheritance tax payable on the estate the IHT400 should be used instead.
Gathering all the necessary documents needed to apply for probate and filling out probate forms can be complicated and time consuming. Our experts can assist you with the probate process.
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