The majority of applications for probate that follow someone's death can be dealt with inexpensively by any reasonably intelligent person with time available and a little guidance. This easy-to-follow book clearly explains all the information you need to administer the deceased's estate, from dealing with the urgent practical matters to preparing and submitting the relevant forms, paying inheritance tax, and distributing the estate. You'll find specimen forms and letters and a list of useful addresses that will enable you to deal with it all yourself. Contents: Preface; 1. What is probate, when is it necessary and what is involved? 2. Who can and should wind up the estate; 3. Getting started; 4. Next steps; 5. From preparing and submitting the forms to distributing the estate; 6. Distributing the estate; Appendices: 1. Specimen forms and letter; 2. Useful addresses; 3. Glossary; Index.
Author Gordon Bowley practised as a family solicitor for over thirty years, with particular experience in wills and probate. When he retired as a senior partner he decided to write a step-by-step guide for his own family to use, giving them the procedures to follow and the information they will require to wind up his affairs themselves. Gordon is also the author of How To Make Your Own Will.