A Grant of Probate isn’t always necessary. Some financial institutions will allow you to access the accounts of the person who has died without one. This is usually when the balance of the accounts in question is below a certain amount (usually £15,000 – £25,000).
To find out if you need to apply for a Grant of Probate, speak to the financial institutions where the person who has died held accounts.
However, if the estate you are administrating is worth more than £15,000 – £25,000 or contains property, it’s likely that you will need to be granted probate. If you are unsure please get in touch. We will advise you as to whether a probate is needed and, if required, assist you in your application.