How Long After Probate Granted Will I Get My Money

How Long After Probate Granted Will I Get My Money

After the passing of a loved one, handling the estate can be challenging in a variety of ways – and the legal aspects of carrying out their wishes can present difficulties. Those looking for a deeper understanding of the timeframes they can expect often ask “how long after probate granted will I get my money?” Here, we explore the standard timeframes you can expect, and how this may impact those who wish to contest a will.

How long after probate granted will I get my money?

Once a grant of probate has been issued, you may expect to receive your money quickly if you have been in line to inherit. However, this can vary greatly due to the complexity of the estate, and the possibility of the will being contested, as well as more personal delays such as the executors fitting this process around their lives. For an estate which has not got any property assets to be sold and only one bank account, it is possible that you will receive your inheritance in around three months. It is worth noting, though, that few estates are this simple.

The standard timeframe

With most estates in England and Wales, beneficiaries can expect to receive their money in a timeframe of six months to a year. This will give time to close any bank accounts, sell shares or transfer them, and sell or transfer any property assets left by the deceased. The grant of probate must be attained before these steps can be actioned, and the more varied assets the deceased held, the longer this can take. Some of the most complex estates can take many years to complete, which means the inheritors could be waiting much longer for their money than expected.

Further complications

As well as the potential for a will to be contested, other complications which delay money being issued can include needing to locate difficult-to-find beneficiaries and selling any foreign property or other assets. In some cases, the estate may even be investigated if the person who passed away had a life insurance policy, or they are believed to have received a benefits overpayment.

Contesting a will after probate has been granted

Making a claim after probate is possible, though this is much more complicated than doing so beforehand. There are stricter time limits on contesting a will once a grant of probate has been issued, and you must have good grounds for contesting the will. At this point, it is essential to seek legal advice to discuss your reasons to contest a will and how to proceed with this challenge to the executor of the estate.

How Will Claim Solicitors can help

If you are still wondering “how long after probate granted will I get my money?” then Will Claim solicitors can advise you. We assist a range of clients across England and Wales with contesting wills and understanding the ins and outs of estate law. With no win no fee offered in many cases, why not get in touch with us for a free claim assessment to see how we could help you?