As your representative…

We Will


Quick, easy & stress free
Prepare the Oath

We will prepare the Probate oath.

Authorised by the ICAEW
Complete the tax form

We will complete the inheritance tax form.

Affordable Fees
Send the documentation

We will send the necessary documentation to the probate registry.

Grant of Representation


IF YOU ONLY WANT HELP TO GET THE GRANT…

We will get the Grant of Representation for you – leaving you to concentrate on other matters.

3 weeks*
*minimum time requirement
£350 (no IHT payable) / £500 (IHT payable)
(includes the court application fee, 5 copies of the Grant and VAT)

When you apply for a Grant of Representation yourself, the application fee is £215.
For an additional £135, you can have a professional firm do the work for you.

{This price is based on the current, fixed rate fee for probate. It will be changing from April 2019 because the Government is introducing a sliding scale fee depending on how much the estate is worth.}

Applying for grant of representation

When someone dies their estate (i.e. their money, property and possessions) needs to be dealt with by the executor named in their Will. The executor needs to obtain the necessary legal permission to do this – which is known as a ‘Grant of Representation’ or ‘Probate’.

As the executor of a Will you can apply for a Grant of Representation yourself or you can appoint someone who is licensed to provide probate services – like Get Probate.

If you want to obtain the Grant of Representation yourself, there are some helpful websites to guide you including The Gazette and GOV.UK.

Many people prefer to appoint someone else to deal with it on their behalf – typically because they are too busy dealing with other things at this difficult time.

We can help you with our affordable, friendly and professional probate service. You remain the executor of the Will and you appoint us as your representative.

How much does it cost?

The cost of our Grant of Representation service is just £350.

This prices include:

  • the court application fee
  • 5 copies of the Grant
  • VAT

When you apply for a Grant of Representation yourself, the application fee is £215. For an additional £135, Get Probate will do all of the work for you.

Please note

Executors will need to arrange and pay for a ‘Commissioner for Oaths fee’.

This is for an authorised person (e.g. a local solicitor / public notary) to witness you signing and swearing an Oath – i.e. a promise that the information you are providing is true to the best of your knowledge.

The statutory cost is currently £7, but we recommend you agree the fee beforehand.

After the oath has been sworn, it normally takes 10 working days to receive the Grant of Representation.

Having obtained the Grant, you are now in a position to deal with rest of the probate, which includes:

  • collecting all the assets of the estate e.g. money in bank accounts, shares and from selling the deceased’s property
  • paying any debts that need to be paid e.g. unpaid utilities and tax bills. (You will need to put a notice in The Gazette {https://www.thegazette.co.uk/place-notice} to allow any possible creditors the chance to come forward and tell you what they are owed.)
  • distributing the estate to the beneficiaries of the Will
  • preparing final account of the estate and getting them agreed and signed by the main beneficiaries (and you).

Would you like more help with probate?

If you have obtained the Grant of Representation and feel that you would like help to deal with the next steps in the process, just let us know. We can help you with our “Full Probate Service”.

Frequently Asked Questions


1 Q. What is a Grant of Probate?

When someone dies their estate (i.e. their money, property and possessions) needs to be dealt with by the executor named in their Will. The executor needs to obtain the necessary Legal permission to do this – which is known as a ‘Grant of Representation’ or ‘Probate’.

2 Q. Do I need Grant of Probate?

You are unlikely to need probate if the value of the estate is below £5,000 and does not include a property or shares. Otherwise, yes you will need to obtain a Grant of Probate.

3 Q. Do I need a solicitor to obtain a Grant of Probate?

No. You can do it yourself or you can use an Accountant (as long as they have been authorised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to carry out the reserved legal activity of non-contentious probate) – like Get Probate. (If a Will is contentious it will need to be handled by a solicitor and we can recommend a good one for you.)

4 Q. Is a Grant of Probate a legal requirement?

Yes, although you are unlikely to need probate if the value of the estate is below £5,000 and does not include a property or shares.

5 Q. How long does a Grant of Probate usually take?

After the oath has been sworn, it normally takes 10 working days to receive the Grant of Probate.

6 Q. Can I get the Grant of Probate myself?

Yes, you can get the Grant of Probate yourself. Or you can appoint someone who is licensed to provide probate services.

7 Q. I HAVE THE GRANT OF PROBATE, NOW WHAT?

Having obtained the Grant of Probate, as executor it is now your responsibility to deal with the rest of the probate process – which includes collecting all the assets of the estate, paying any debts that need to be paid and distributing the estate to the beneficiaries of the Will in accordance with the Will.

Do you have a question?

Call 0161 907 4044 for your free advice