When an estate is very small, there may be no need to obtain a grant of probate or letters of administration. This depends on the amount of the estate, how the money is held and certainty about the existence and operation of a will. It also depends on whether or not it is possible to get hold of the deceased's assets without a grant of probate or letters of administration. Where this is not possible, the procedures for dealing with an estate must be followed. Where it is possible, there is no need to employ a lawyer, although sometimes it may be helpful. It is not possible to say precisely when a grant of probate or letters of administration are not needed. The following is a guide only.