It is difficult to give a precise timeframe for completion of probate matters as we are dependent on information being provided by external sources such as banks, tax offices, the probate registry and other financial institutions.
For a very straightforward, non-taxable grant only matter we would expect to receive the Grant of Probate / Letters of Administration in 6-8 weeks from making the submission to the Probate Registry. For a full service this will likely take longer as we are responsible for making various enquiries before the probate application can be submitted. Again, for a fairly straightforward non-taxable estate where we do not encounter any difficulties obtaining information from asset companies this is likely to be 3-4 months.
If we are instructed on a full service basis then once probate has been obtained it then takes further time for us to collect in the assets, deal with liabilities and sell any property and finalise tax matters. A typical estate takes 6-12 months to complete from start to finish but it may be quicker than this if the estate is small and straightforward, but it may take longer if there are difficulties in selling the property or other complexities such as further dealings with HMRC which may become necessary as the administration progresses.
We will be able to give you a more accurate timeframe when the details of the estate are known, and we will provide you with further timeframe updates as the matter progresses