Overseas assets

It is very likely that you will need to seek specialist help if the deceased owned property or other assets overseas. All assets held overseas must be valued for UK Inheritance Tax purposes, but these assets are not included in the Grant of Probate and technically do not become part of the executor’s responsibilities. Depending on the country you may have to obtain an entirely new Grant or in some cases to register the UK grant (“reseal” it) in that country. It is almost inevitable that dealing with foreign assets will be a lengthy process so you may want to start dealing with them at an early stage.