Once a Grant of Probate has been issued, you may expect to receive your money quickly if you have been in line to inherit. However, this can vary greatly due to the complexity of the estate, and the possibility of the Will being contested, as well as more personal delays such as the Executors fitting this process around their lives. For an estate which has not got any property ...
How do I find probate records online?
Probate and estate administration is the financial and legal process which takes place after someone has died. The purpose is to make sure all relevant taxes are collected, money owing to creditors is paid, debts owed to the deceased are collected and the remaining assets from the estate are distributed to the relevant beneficiaries. To find a Probate record online you can vis ...
How to find a Will in the UK?
Before Probate is granted
In general, a Will is a private document until a Grant of Probate is issued. While the testator is still alive, nobody other than the testator is entitled to receive a copy of the Will.
Following the testator’s death, unless and until Probate is granted, the Will remains a private document although the Executors named in the Will are entitled to see it.
How to find someone's assets after death?
How to find someone's assets after death? When someone dies, it is up to their family to locate all the assets that they left behind. Although this task usually falls to the person who will ultimately be the executor of the Will, having a few family members tackle this project together can make it mentally and emotionally easier. Assets include things like bank accounts, savi ...
How to reduce inheritance tax (IHT) on financial gifts
Financial gifts can make a huge difference for children and grandchildren but care needs to be taken to ensure they are carried out tax efficiently.
Lifetime gifting could include making cash gifts from surplus income, charitable giving and taking advantage of annual exemptions and the small gifts exemption.
2021 Autumn Budget Report
Our Budget Summary provides an overview of the key announcements arising from the Chancellor’s speech. Download Autumn Budget Report PDF Additionally, throughout the Summary you will find informative comments to help you assess the effect that the proposed changes may have on you personally. Don’t forget, we can help to ensure that your accounts are accurate and fully compli ...
Proposed Rise in Probate Fees Scrapped
The Government has reversed its decision to change probate fees, which would have seen some bereaved families pay almost £6,000 in additional costs. At the end of 2018, the Government announced plans to alter the charging structure for probate fees in England and Wales, which are paid when administering someone's estate after they die. It said it would replace the current fla ...
What to look for in a Will Writer
As a member of the Society of Will Writers (SWW), you must abide by their three compulsory requirements of Membership. These include ongoing training and development, code of practice compliance, and a comprehensive insurance policy to cover estate planning activities. Choosing a qualified and knowledgeable Will Writer based on their track record, their expertise and how they w ...
Probate fees to rise to £6,000
New probate fees, due to come into force from April 2019, will see a banded system of probate fees for all estates valued over £50,000. Currently a flat fee of £155 is payable upon a probate application made by an accountant (as an authorised provider of probate services) or £215 for an application made by an individual. These fees were set in 2014 and raise £45m per year, whi ...
Ward Williams introduce new Will Writing service
We are delighted to announce that Ward William’s Mark Speed is now a member of The Society of Will Writers. Ward Williams will now be able to assist you with putting a valid Will in place and offer specialist advice and succession planning. As the majority of people have come to understand, we should have a Will, but the reality is that most of us don’t have one. It’s importan ...
Ward Williams was much more sympathetic to my circumstances. There was much more opportunity for me to ask for help when needed, and there was far less jargon in the information that they sent me.Clare Francis - Probate Client
Probate can be a very detailed procedure, as I knew from personal experience. But Ward Williams made the whole thing less daunting. They were very reassuring and clear about everything. Keeping us informed and letting us know we could ask for advice whenever we wanted.Sam Crossby - Probate Client
When taking on my fathers probate, the solicitor didn't explain that there were a number of things we could have done ourselves; in contrast, Ward Williams were clear from the start about the different options available to us and the associated costs of these options.Clare Francis - Probate Client
We felt we were always able to ask questions that we had or pop in for a meeting. We felt well looked after all the way through and it was very comforting to know that we had a professional firm to take the anxiety out of the process for us.Sam Crossby - Probate Client
The relationship in dealing with my parents tax has come to an end but the fact we are going to ask them to handle the trust speaks volumes about how we feel they dealt with the probate.Clare Francis - Probate Client
Ward Williams simply told us that they could provide the service, explaining what they could do if we wanted them to. Their approach was far more human, and much more appropriate to the circumstances.Sam Crossby - Probate Client
Personal relationships count for a lot in these circumstances and our relationship with Ward Williams is excellent.Clare Francis - Probate Client
Ward Williams were financial advisers to both parents and after my father died they continued to look after my mother's financial affairs. Because of that good understanding we felt they would be best placed to provide the expertise needed to see probate through and would handle everything in-house. The long-term relationship meant that we already had a high level of trust in them.Sam Crossby - Probate Client