The probate process can take anywhere from six months to 2 years to complete. The length of the process depends on the size of the estate and whether there are any unusual assets that require special attention. Also, unexpected issues may arise that can prolong the process.When is probate required UK?
Probate is Required in England or Wales when: Property (houses, buildings or land) is owned by the deceased. A Grant of Representation is required by a bank or other financial institution with which the deceased held assets.Is probate required if there is a will UK?
Even in cases with wills, most of the time you will still need to apply for probate if there is a will. The only difference is that you will be applying for a grant of probate, rather than letters of administration. There are some legal restrictions on who can apply for letters of administration, but otherwise, the process is mostly the same.