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Probate and Inheritance Tax

We offer free initial advice and our Fixed Fee Complete Probate and Estate Administration service deals with Inheritance Tax, Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and the Estate Administration process. Call our Probate Specialists for advice on 03306069584 or contact us online and we will help you.

Suffering the loss of a loved one is hard enough, but having to deal with Probate and Inheritance Tax (IHT) at the same time is simply too much for many bereaved people; and we completely understand this.

We can take the burden off your shoulders at this difficult time. We take full responsibility for obtaining the Grant of Probate and dealing with the legal, tax, property and Estate administration; when you use our Probate Complete Service.

Probate Case Study Client saved £63,000 in Inheritance Tax

Do I Have to Pay Inheritance Tax?

In England and Wales, Inheritance Tax (IHT) typically has to be paid when an individual’s Estate (their property, finances and belongings) is worth more than £325,000 when they died.

The £325,000 figure is the current Inheritance Tax Threshold and is subject to change each year in the Budget. From April 2017 there will be an additional Inheritance Tax allowance in some circumstances for people who leave their homes to their children or grandchildren.

The current Inheritance Tax rate in England and Wales is 40% on anything above the current £325,000 threshold, however, it can be reduced to 36% if 10% or more of the Estate’s net value is left as a gift to charity.

What Does Probate Have to Do with Inheritance Tax?

Part of the Probate process is to get the Grant of Representation, which confirms the legal authority to administer the Estate. However, before this can be done, it is necessary to value the entire Estate of the deceased, and to calculate any Inheritance Tax due.

The correct Inheritance Tax form/s must be obtained, completed and submitted to HMRC (HM Customs & Revenue) or the Court. As part of the Grant of Representation application you must show either that you have paid any Inheritance Tax due, or that there is no Inheritance Tax to pay.

When you choose our Probate Complete Service we will take care of the relevant tax-related matters (excluding VAT) as part of the administration of the Estate. Benefits we provide include a face to face discussion with a Probate Consultant at home and ongoing advice and support for Personal Representatives.

We can also pay all the costs of a Co-op Funeralcare funeral, providing the Estate owns sufficient assets which can be sold in due course to repay our costs.

For free initial advice and guidance call our Probate team on 03306069584 or contact us online and we will call you.

If Inheritance Tax is Payable

The Grant of Representation will not usually be issued until the Inheritance Tax (IHT) has been paid to HMRC. This can potentially cause a delay in the administration of the Estate.

You will normally be expected to pay 10% of the tax due on the value of property and shares plus all of the tax due in respect of the rest of the Estate. This tax payment should be made within six months of death, with the additional tax in respect of the property and shares payable in yearly instalments over a ten-year period, or as soon as they are sold. Interest will start to accrue on any outstanding Inheritance Tax after six months from the date of death.

If it comes to light that there are further assets in the Estate, or the value of the Estate has not been correctly stated, it may be necessary to provide HMRC with a corrective account and pay any additional tax due, or reclaim any tax that was overpaid.

Authorised & Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Probate Estate Administration in England and Wales is not a reserved legal activity which means that unregulated providers can offer Probate Estate Administration services regardless of whether they are insured, experienced or qualified to provide a full Probate service.

Co-op Legal Services is a trading name for Co-operative Legal Services Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, giving you peace of mind knowing that your Probate affairs are being dealt with by a regulated organisation and by a name you know and can trust.

We have been named Probate Provider of the Year 2018 and our customers consistently rate the quality of our legal advice and services at 4.4 out of 5 stars. See Probate customer testimonials.

As the largest provider of Probate and Estate Administration services in England and Wales, successfully dealing with over £1.3 billion in Estates annually, Co-op Legal Services are experts in Probate and Inheritance Tax.

Many of our Probate Solicitors, Lawyers and Probate Case Handlers are members of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP). All STEP members are subject to an extensive Code of Professional Conduct, requiring them at all times to act with integrity and in a manner that inspires the confidence, respect and trust of their clients and of the wider community.

Probate Solicitors and Local Probate Consultants are available in England and Wales only for customers using our Probate Complete Service.

For free initial advice call the Co-op Probate Advisory team on 03306069584 or contact us online and we will call you.

Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.

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Thank you for all your help. You were both kind and considerate in answering any questions that I needed to be answered and kept me informed of what was taking place. You are a credit to your team. S.P, Bristol
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I would personally like to thank you all for the support in dealing with the estate through thick and thin, making yourself available to answer any questions that I needed answering... K.W, Bristol
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I liked that you took away the stress away from me at a difficult time. K.B, Lancashire
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