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How Can Help Me With My Probate House Sale?

If you need help with probate in Nottingham, contact us. We are an online estate agent that embodies all the best bits of your typical high-street agent but without any of the fuss or red tape. We have a broad network of specialists at our disposal, and a lot of them deal with probate properties.

At first glance, probate properties might seem like an unexpected windfall. Take a second look, and you’ll see that these properties can be very stressful. Not only do executors have to navigate through the probate house sale process, but they also have to translate confusing legal terms and conditions to family members. Executors have a lot of personal responsibility, which can sometimes sour personal relationships within families. 

Some executors are so shocked and grief-stricken that they can’t start the process straight away. This can further sour relationships because the beneficiaries of the will are relying on the executor to distribute their new assets. Sold is an alternative for busy, unavailable executors who need to fulfil their obligations. Our probate professionals will absorb all your responsibilities, so you can focus on funeral arrangements, family members, and yourself.

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Apply for Probate in Nottingham

If you have been named as an executor in a will, you may need to apply for probate in Nottingham. 

Probate is one of the most stressful processes that someone can go through. The confusion that the average person faces over application forms, legal jargon, and paperwork is compounded by the grief of losing a loved one. It can be overwhelming to know where to begin, or how to take a step forward.

The good news is that there is an alternative. Our probate house sale service targets the most complex part of the estate; the houses, flats, maisonettes, and holiday homes that the deceased individual has left behind. With our help, you can release the money in the properties and complete your obligations as an executor.

Did you know? Probate is not strictly necessary. Before you look into probate Nottingham services, make sure that you need them!

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Who Can Apply for Probate in Nottingham?

Not everyone can apply for probate in Nottingham. To be eligible to apply, one of these conditions has to apply to you. 

  • The deceased individual named you as an executor in their will
  • The deceased individual doesn’t have a will, but you are the closest living relative

Still not sure whether you need to apply for probate? Book a one-on-one consultation with our probate property experts. 

Threshold for Probate in Nottingham

The threshold for probate is very broad. Most banks and institutions across the UK set the probate threshold between £5,000 and £50,000.

If the deceased individual has monies, properties, and/or possessions that tip over the probate threshold, the executor has to apply for probate.

What If I Don’t Apply for Probate?

It can be tempting to ignore probate proceedings. After all, the death of a loved one is enough to stop anyone in their tracks. 

Beware, if you ignore probate, there will be far-reaching consequences. If you don’t file for probate in Nottingham, the assets in the deceased person’s estate can’t be given to the beneficiaries. The assets will stay in limbo, which could cause resentment between the executor and the beneficiaries of the will. 

There is no legal time limit to probate, but it’s a good idea to complete the process as quickly as possible. To streamline the process, speak to one of our team and see how they can help. 

Can You Sell a House Before Probate?

One of the most common questions that we get is, ‘Can you sell a house before probate?’

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to sell a property before you begin your probate application. A handful of hopeful executors have tried to push a probate house sale through without the relevant paperwork, but it always ended in disaster.

When you apply for probate, you are applying for the right to sell and distribute the assets in the estate, one of which is the house. If probate has not been granted, you are not legally entitled to do anything with the property.

Benefits of Hiring an Expert to Sell Your House During Probate in Nottingham

Less stress

After the death of a loved one, probate is just another stressful task to complete. And it’s shrouded in complicated legal jargon, which makes matters even worse. By hiring a probate Nottingham professional, you can take heaps of stress off your shoulders.

One-on-one support

To support you during this difficult time, we will assign an account manager to your probate house sale. That way, you don’t have to talk to lots of different agents who don’t know the specifics of your case. Your account manager is your first and last contact, and they are on hand to answer all your questions.

More time

Unsurprisingly, probate takes time. You need time to read and understand legal documents, source certificates, and understand your responsibilities. Not only that, but you need to apply for probate. When you hand us the reigns, you don’t have to worry about all these time-consuming tasks.

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Frequently Asked Questions About
Selling A House During Probate in Nottingham

What Is a probate house sale?

Probate in Nottingham is just like probate anywhere else. In essence, probate is the legal right to manage someone’s estate. An estate can be comprised of properties, possessions, and monies. Executors who have probate rights can deliver pieces of the deceased person’s estate to beneficiaries.

As you might expect, a probate house sale is the sale of the property portion of the deceased person’s estate. Monies and possessions are easy enough to divide, but properties are more difficult. There is a lot of red tape around properties, and even more around probate assets!

We can’t help with possessions and monies, but we can streamline the sale of the house.

How long have I got to apply for probate in Nottingham?

There is no time limit for people who have to apply for probate in Nottingham.

Probate is a delicate subject, especially for people who are still reeling from the shock of losing a loved one. If you don’t have the headspace or time to apply for probate within a few days, you will not be disqualified.

Will I be fined for applying for probate late?

Thankfully, there are no fines or fees associated with late probate applications. In fact, there is no such thing as a late application, since there is no time limit!

If you apply for probate in two months instead of two weeks, the only thing that will happen is that the beneficiaries of the will won’t get their assets until a later date.

Is there any situation where I won’t have to apply for probate in Nottingham?

The likelihood of probate proceedings depends on the deceased individual’s estate. If their estate only includes possessions (like furnishings) and monies, then they probably won’t meet the threshold for probate. As we’ve already mentioned, the threshold in the UK is between £5,000 and £50,000.

Nottingham Building Society has set the probate threshold at over £30,000. If the deceased individual has less than £30,000 in Nottingham Building Society (and no other assets of value), the executor of the will doesn’t have to apply for probate.

If there is no probate house sale involved, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Properties often push the deceased person’s estate over the threshold.

How long will I wait for probate in Nottingham?

Probate in Nottingham doesn’t take longer than any Manchester, Liverpool, or any other city in the UK. The threshold might be different from bank to bank, but the process remains the same.

In general, probate proceedings last for an average of a year. Probate house sales take on average three to six months, depending on which estate agent you choose.

At Sold, we leverage our network of probate professionals to sell your property much sooner than high-street estate agents. We can sell your property in as little as seven days and, even better, for cash.

Is there a probate house sale fee?

When you apply for probate in Nottingham, you need to enlist the help of a solicitor. On average, solicitors in the UK charge between 2% to 5% of the value of the estate, plus VAT. As you can imagine, probate fees can reach tens of thousands of pounds.

At Sold, we will take on the legal fees for you. The beneficiaries of the will won’t lose any of the money to fees, so they can make the most of the assets that their lost loved one has left for them.

What is inheritance tax?

Inheritance Tax is a type of tax that impacts someone’s estate. The tax goes into effect when the individual dies, so the executor and beneficiaries of the will have to pay however much the estate owes.

Do I have to pay inheritance tax?

Before you begin a probate house sale (or even begin the application for probate) you need to work out how much Inheritance Tax you owe. The executor is usually in charge of paying Inheritance Tax, but every case is different. If there is no will, the administrator of the estate has to pay the Inheritance Tax.

In the UK, the Inheritance Tax threshold is £325,000. This is sometimes called the nil rate band. If the individual’s estate is worth more than this amount, the government charges Inheritance Tax at a rate of 40%.

The 40% tax only applies to amounts that are over the threshold of £325,000. If the estate is worth £400,000, the executor will pay a 40% Inheritance Tax on £75,000. The first £325,000 is safe from tax because it’s under the probate threshold.

Still confused about probate in Nottingham? You can book a one-on-one consultation with our team. They will give you advice about your situation and steer you in the right direction.

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