To receive the letters of administration and become the administrator of an estate, a probate application form has to be sent to the Probate Registry.Only in the following circumstances will someone have to apply to become the administrator of an estate: In the event that the entire estate is left to one person, the letters of administration can be sent to the sole benefactor even if there is a valid will with named executors.If a grant of probate is required, the next step is to value the estate.
The probate application (PA1) form can be downloaded from the HM Courts and Tribunals website and is used to collect details about the deceased person and their estate.
You should use this to provide a record of all of the assets included in the estate and their value.
The will and letters of administration are considered public documents, so they can be examined by anyone who requests to see them.
As soon as you receive these documents, you can start acting as the administrator.
It’s important to get this right, as it will determine whether or not inheritance tax (IHT) is due on the estate.
It’s worth asking an estate agent or property specialist to give you a written valuation for any property included in the estate, and asking a professional valuer to give you a price for items worth more than £500.If the total value of the deceased person’s estate is less than £15,000, or if all of their assets were owned jointly and are passing automatically to a surviving spouse or civil partner, probate may not be needed.If you’re in any doubt about this, you should seek advice from HMRC and/or a probate solicitor.The legal authorisation to take control of the estate of a loved one is sometimes referred to as ‘grant of representation’.This term can be used instead of both letters of administration and probate.Letters of administration allow a family member or friend to act as the administrator of an estate.An administrator will only become responsible for managing the estate when an executor has not been legally appointed and after the probate registry issues what is known as a grant of letters of administration.If that’s you, you’ll need to apply for a different grant, known as letters of administration.Before applying for either type of grant, you’ll need to gather information about the estate and send it to the Probate Registry.Normally, the role of administrator is intended to be the next of kin.Certain family members are prioritised when considering whether to send someone the letters of administration: Usually, an unmarried partner who has not been named as an executor in the will won’t be granted letters of administration. The Probate Registry will contact the administrator to arrange an interview.