In applying for a probate,you must be named first as an executor of someone’s will. The task of dealing with the estate can usually fall to the person’s closest relative if ever there is not will, and they become the administrator in that sense. You have to apply for a different grant which is known as the letters of administration if that person will be you. It is very important that you are to gather the necessary information all about the estate then have to send it to the Probate Registry prior to applying for either type of grants. You can actually hire for the solicitor in order to aid you to do this thing instead of you or you can either have to do this all by yourself.
Try to work out first whether a grant of probate or the letters of administration is necessary or not anymore as the first step. You can ask for the advice from the probate solicitor or you can seek help from the HMRC if you are still in doubt about this one.
The second step is to value the estate if the grant of probate is needed. You need to go through the paperwork of the deceased person in order to work out with the total value of the estate, accounting for those liabilities, like the debts to be settled or the inheritance tax that is payable. You have to send for the copy of the death certificate of the deceased person and the copy of the will, if there is any, to the institutions that is holding some or all of the assets of the dead person and then request for the last statement from each of them. Check http://www.mrprobate.co.uk for more info.
Also, you need to work out if ever the inheritance tax is due or not yet. Sometimes, the inheritance tax or the IHT will actually be due once the value of the estate can exceed the threshold. If ever the deceased is surviving spouse or a civil partner of the person who died before them, then the IHT threshold can be increased until it will include the spouse or the partner’s allowance. You can be able to claim the unused IHT allowance once this will happen and on a pro-rate basis.
You can now fill in some number of forms that will be ready to be sent to the Probate Registry once you already have valued the estate and have worked out either the inheritance tax is payable or not. Watch this video about probate law: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhzQw4xQx0Q