Probate explained

Applying for probate

  • The Which? guide to the entire probate process
  • How to obtain the Grant of Probate
  • Key tasks in estate administration
  • What you'll get from a probate solicitor

What's in this guide

What is probate? Video guide

Understand the key steps when dealing with the estate of someone who has died. Contains video

Grant of probate

How to get a grant of probate, plus the fees you'll pay and the forms you'll need to fill in.

DIY probate

Carrying out probate yourself could save thousands of pounds. We explain what the process involves.

Probate solicitors

The process of using a solicitor or bank to carry out probate, plus typical fees for each.

Estate administration

The final stage of probate, from transferring assets and selling property to distributing the estate.

Intestacy rules

We explain what happens when someone has died without making a will.

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