How long does Grant of Probate take to complete?

The simple answer is that probate often takes much longer than you expect. A very simple estate with just a couple of accounts in banks and no property or tax liability may be resolved in just a few months.

Unfortunately a year or longer is not uncommon which can be very trying. Much of the time period is spent waiting for other organisations to return your phone calls and letters and process any forms you have submitted and these things are totally outside your control. Doing probate can call for stamina and patience.

The Bereavement Support Network offers a free helpline to establish whether you need probate and where to get the relevant forms. They can advise on what you need to do this yourself and outline the mandatory costs you will have to pay. Please call our freephone number 0808 168 9607. The service is manned between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm weekdays if you need to call, wherever you are calling from in the UK.