How Long Does It Take To Get Letters of Administration

How Long Does It Take To Get Letters of Administration

If a loved one has died intestate and you are legally entitled to administrate the will you may be wondering how long it all takes. From the initial application for letters of administration, it usually takes around 4-6 weeks before you receive the documents. This is just the start, after you receive the letters, which entitle you to access the deceased’s financial accounts you may have a lot of work ahead of you. If your loved one has left significant assets and their finances are not straightforward at all, administering the will could take years.
Whatever your situation, it is important to apply as quickly as possible. This may feel difficult when you are grieving the death of a loved one. But you don’t need to do it alone. A specialist probate service can administer the deceased’s estate on your behalf.
If you speak to them immediately, they will be able to advise you, offer you up-front fixed fee costs and deal with everything from applying for letter of administration, to distributing the proceeds of the estate.
If you decide to administer the estate yourself, there are several important things that you should know. If the estate is liable to inheritance tax, values of assets are taken at the time of death, not the time of sale. So it is important to get any property etc. valued as soon as possible. Form IHT 400 must be completed for inheritance tax purposes. This is similar to a tax return but much longer and if you are not familiar with completing tax returns, it would be wise to get professional advice.
Even if no inheritance tax is payable, you will need to complete tax form IHT 205 and send it directly to the Probate Registry.
If the deceased was living abroad at the time of death, this may make it more difficult to administer the estate and it would make sense to appoint a specialist to apply for letters of administration on your behalf and deal with the estate.
Also, if the deceased held shares in a variety of different companies, or their assets are difficult to track down, you may need specialist help.
A major problem when a loved one dies intestate is that the administrator may become resentful of their deceased relative for leaving them with a huge mess to sort out. This is a shame when you are trying to deal with the loss of your loved one, and if you have any doubts about dealing with administration at this difficult time, it would be wise to appoint a specialist probate service.
They will be able to apply for letters of administration on your behalf, and deal with every aspect of your loved ones estate, giving you time to grieve your loss.

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