Probate for British Expats Overseas Acting As PR

18 April 2018

Co-op Legal Services is the largest provider of Probate and Estate Administration services in England and Wales, and trusted to deal with over £1.3 billion in Estates annually.

Our Probate Solicitors often deal with Probate on behalf of British expats living overseas after a family member has died in the UK. See case studies for clients living in Australia, New Zealand and Spain.

With our Probate Complete Service we deal with the Probate process from start to finish, taking the responsibilities and liabilities off your shoulders. We can also pay all the costs of a Co-op Funeralcare funeral, providing that the Estate owns sufficient assets that can be sold in due course.

Our Probate Complete Service includes dealing with:

The Will

Co-op Legal Services will carry out all necessary checks to ensure the Will is valid. When there is no valid Will, the Rules of Intestacy will apply and we identify the Personal Representatives and the Beneficiaries as well as establish the entitlement of the Beneficiaries.

Estate Assets

Co-op Legal Services will identify, verify and value all known assets based in England and Wales.

If a property has been left empty we ensure the property has the correct insurance coverage, and can arrange for the post to be redirected. If the property is to be sold, we arrange for the property to be valued and put up for sale, whilst waiting for Probate to be granted.

Grant of Probate

Co-op Legal Services will take full responsibility for obtaining the Grant of Probate, which is required before any bank accounts can be accessed or any investments or property can be sold. 

Inheritance Tax

Co-op Legal Services will calculate any Inheritance Tax due, complete the necessary tax forms and deal with HMRC in this respect. We arrange for the Estate to pay the taxes owed to HMRC.

Co-op Legal Services will identify and correspond with the Personal Representatives of the Estate throughout the Probate and Estate administration process.

Estate Distribution

Once Probate has been issued, Co-op legal Services will sell or transfer the assets of the Estate as appropriate. We pay any debts and liabilities from the Estate funds. We will then finalise the accounts of the Estate, and distribute the balance of the Estate funds to the Beneficiaries.

Fixed Fee Probate

Generally there are no upfront costs to pay as our Probate fees will be taken from the Estate once it is in funds. We offer a free Probate quotation and once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work to be done that price will not change; unless the original information we are given is shown to be incorrect or circumstances change.

Third Party Disbursements

In order to carry out Probate and Estate management services more often than not we have to appoint third party organisations to provide specialist services. The costs of these services are disbursements of the Estate and will be charged in addition to the fixed fee. All fees and disbursement costs that are able to be identified will be detailed on the written Probate quotation that we provide, before any work starts.

If you have any questions please contact us online and we will help you.

From outside the UK call 44 161 855 8357 Monday - Friday from 9am - 5:30pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

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