Probate is the process of proving that a Will is valid and confirming the Executor’s authority to administer the estate of a person who has died. Although Probate actually relates to an Estate where a Will was made, even if there was no Will, a similar process will still be followed and this is often referred to as Probate as well.
It depends on the value and contents of the Estate you are administering as to whether you need to get Probate or not. Usually if there is a property, a large shareholding or cash assets you will need to obtain probate. Banks and building societies and other financial institutions set their own limits on when they insist on you obtaining a grant of probate. Some are as low as £5,000 and some as high as £50,000.