How long does it take for Probate to be granted in the UK?
It’s not uncommon for the whole process of administering an estate to take up to 12 months or even more. Whilst a Grant of Probate can be obtained relatively quickly, this is only the first step of sorting out the property, pensions, money and other assets the deceased may own.
People’s estates can be complicated and there are large numbers of organisations involved in the process, for example banks, building societies, insurance companies and the Inland Revenue.
The length of time it takes also depends on the experience of the person who is applying for probate and managing the process. If you are doing a DIY version and taking the task on yourself, then it is likely to take longer than an experienced probate solicitor with a legal team behind them.
An estate cannot be fully dealt with until every claim on it has been received. Even then, individuals have six months from the date that probate was granted to make new claims against the estate.
Some of the things that can affect the speed of the process include:
- Whether the deceased’s financial affairs were in order and well-documented (Many aren’t).
- If the deceased owned a business or a farm? This can complicate things, especially if there are partners.
- The contents of the Will and whether it took into account any children or divorce issues.
- Whether any legal disputes that have arisen.
- Whether inheritance tax (IHT) has to be paid? (If IHT is due, this must ordinarily be paid in advance).
- Whether Inland Revenue files have been closed and income tax, benefits agencies and pensions been sorted out,
- Family arguments and disagreements between executors and personal representatives (Solomons Solicitors are specialists in contested probate if such issues should arise).
- The amount of work your local Probate Registry is currently dealing with
Taxable estates can take a long time to administer. The application process for Probate requires calculating how much Inheritance Tax (IHT) is due to be paid. This is often where the whole process can grind to a near halt because HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) often take months to review the information submitted.
It is important to bear in mind that the Personal Representative has to advise that the IHT is due and communicate with them about payment.
Anabolic steroid misuse
Anabolic steroids are prescription-only medicines that are sometimes taken without medical advice to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance.
If used in this way, they can cause serious side effects and addiction.
Anabolic steroids are manufactured drugs steroids uk that mimic the effects of the male hormone testosterone. They have limited medical uses and aren’t to be confused with corticosteroids, a different type of steroid drug that’s commonly prescribed for a variety of conditions.
This page explains the dangers of misusing anabolic steroids, and aims to advise and support those who are addicted to the drugs.
Are anabolic steroids illegal?
Anabolic steroids are class C drugs, which can only be sold by pharmacists with a prescription.
It’s legal to have anabolic steroids for personal use. They can also be imported or exported, as long as this is carried out in person. This means they can’t be posted or delivered by a courier or freight service.
However, it’s illegal to possess, import or export anabolic steroids if it’s believed you’re supplying or selling them. This includes giving them to friends. The penalty is an unlimited fine, or even a prison sentence of up to 14 years.
In professional sport, most organisations ban anabolic steroid use and test competitors for banned steroids.
Why people misuse anabolic steroids
Anabolic steroids can be used as performance-enhancing drugs that increase muscle mass and decrease fat, as well as causing many undesirable effects. Some athletes, weightlifters and bodybuilders take them regularly to improve their physical performance and build up their bodies.
However, people of all ages have been known to misuse these drugs, including adolescent boys who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder. This is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others.
Boys and men who have body dysmorphic disorder may take anabolic steroids because they don’t see themselves as being physically big enough or strong enough.
Some people believe taking anabolic steroids will help them become fit and healthy. This isn’t true: taking anabolic steroids is a dangerous drug habit.
How anabolic steroids are taken
Anabolic steroids are usually injected into the muscle or taken by mouth as tablets, but they also come as creams or gels that are applied to the skin.
Many people who use anabolic steroids are aware of the dangers of taking them, and believe that by taking the drugs in certain ways they can avoid side effects.
- Take the drugs for a period of time and then stop for a rest period before starting again. This is known as “cycling”.
- Taking more than 1 type of anabolic steroid at a time, known as “stacking” – which they believe makes them work better.
- Do a combination of both stacking and cycling known as “pyramiding” – where they start off taking a low dose of 1 or more anabolic steroids, and then increase the dose over time up to a maximum dose. They then stop taking them for a rest period to give the body a break before starting the cycle again.
But there is no evidence that any of these methods actually reduce side effects from taking anabolic steroids.
Users tend to exercise more when they’re taking high doses to make the most of their improved performance during this time.
Side effects of anabolic steroids
Regularly taking anabolic steroids can lead to physical and psychological changes in both men and women, as well as potentially dangerous medical conditions.
Any IHT other than that relating to real property must be paid before the end of sixth months after the deceased passed away. When the tax has been paid, HMRC will provide a receipt which is sent to the Probate Registry so that they can issue Grant of Probate.
You have to pay Inheritance Tax before the Grant of Probate issued. But you may not easily be able to get funds from the Estate. This is one of the conundrums of getting Probate granted.
Banks and Building Societies may allow you to access any available funds, before Grant of Probate, but not always. So you may have to fund IHT yourself through your own resources, or by getting a loan organised.
All estates are individual. The circumstances vary and this affects the length of time to get the Grant of Probate and administer the estate. This is why a qualified and competent probate solicitor should, in our opinion, be your first port of call.
It is advisable to get Solomons Solicitors on board early, so that we can handle things correctly and efficiently, leaving you to get on with your life, without the worry of making a mistake. We have had many people come to us, halfway through the estate administration process, in frustration and despair.
There are benefits of getting an experienced professional to deal with the matter thoroughly to avoid getting things wrong. Speed is not the same thing as efficiency!
If you are looking for a transparent probate service in Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole or the surrounding area please get in touch.
We will be happy to give you a fixed price Probate service. For more information, or to arrange a no obligation initial appointment, contact our experts on 01202 802 807.