If the house is in your late husband’s name, then you do need to make an application for probate although if your husband did not leave a will, and although the process is the same, you are actually applying for Letters of Administration. The effect is the same. Some reading for you:
There is absolutely no reason why you cannot DIY and save a whole load of money. A lot of it is just a paper gathering exercise.
The deal with it, a bit at a time and start with the application to the Probate registry.
As your husband died intestate (without leaving a will) then under the rules of intestacy you get the first GBP250,000 worth of the estate +50% of the remainder and the children get the balance of the remainder. Those rules are written in stone.
There is no inheritance tax between husband and wife so you can forget that. You will still need to fill in an inheritance tax form but you can rely on the spouse exemption.
Just deal with it, as I said earlier, one bit at a time. At the moment, it will seem like a mountain to climb but just take one step after the other.
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