5. Applying for a grant of representation

You can apply for a grant of representation yourself or use a solicitor. There are 4 steps.

  1. Complete a probate application form.

  2. Complete an Inheritance Tax form.

  3. Send your application.

  4. Swear an oath.

Complete a probate application form

You can either:

Probate and Inheritance Tax helpline
Telephone: 0300 123 1072
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
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Complete an Inheritance Tax form

You must also work out how much the estate is worth. Depending on its value, there may be tax to pay - called Inheritance Tax.

You must complete an Inheritance Tax form - even if you think no tax is owed.

Find the correct Inheritance Tax form.

If there is tax to pay, you normally have to pay at least some of it before a grant of representation is issued to you.

Send your application

Send your application to your local probate office.

You should include:

  • the probate application form PA1
  • the Inheritance Tax form
  • an official copy of the death certificate
  • the original will and 3 copies - and any codicils (additions or amendments to it)
  • the application fee of £105 - a cheque made payable to HM Courts & Tribunals Service (there’s no fee if the estate is under £5,000)

You can pay for extra copies of the grant (£1 each) - this means you can send them to different organisations at the same time.

Swear an oath

The probate office will send you an oath and details of how to arrange an appointment. You’ll need to swear the oath at either:

  • the office of a commissioner for oaths (usually a solicitor)
  • a local probate office

The oath is a promise that the information you’ve given is true to the best of your knowledge.

You should get the grant through the post within 10 working days of swearing the oath.

If it’s not possible to issue a grant, the Probate Service will explain why in writing.

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