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International Manual

Double Taxation applications and claims: Applicants/claimants: Estates and deceased persons: What happens if there is no Grant of Probate

It is not always necessary for a personal representative to obtain a Grant of Probate. Possible reasons for no Grant being obtained are

  • The estate is too small
  • The whole estate will pass to the deceased’s spouse by ‘survivorship’.

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If no Grant of Probate has been obtained and there are indications that the UK assets may be sufficient to attract an Inheritance Tax liability you should write to CSTD, Business, Assets & International, Assets Residence & Valuation for confirmation that a UK Grant of Probate is not required.