At Brindley Twist Tafft and James, there are several ways in which we can help you through the difficult process of administering the estate of someone who has died.

We can deal with the whole of the administration of the estate for you (this means we can ascertain the assets of the estate and obtain valuations for you, apply for the grant and collect and distribute the assets) or we can act for you on a “grant only basis”.  The grant is the document issued by the court that allows the executors or administrators to collect or transfer the assets from third parties eg banks.

We can discuss the basis on which we can act for you and tailor our service to your requirements. We can act where there is a valid Will, or where the person who died had no Will (this is known as intestacy) and help with estates where there is inheritance tax to pay or  with non-taxable estates.

Whether inheritance tax is payable will depend on the value of the estate and whether any gifts have been made during the lifetime of the person who has died.  We can advise you on this once we have spoken to you and have more details.  For more general information on inheritance tax please see

To help you understand what the costs involved may be, we have provided some examples below.  Please click on these for more information.

Dealing with the whole of the estate administration where there is a valid Will

Dealing with the whole of the estate administration where there is no valid Will

Applying for the Grant where there is no inheritance tax to pay

We are of course very happy to discuss your individual situation with you and provide you with an exact price based on your specific circumstances, so please do get in touch with us.