Getting Probate with a Will?

If there is a will

You can apply for probate if you are named as an executor in either the will or an update to it (known as a ‘codicil’).

The person who died will typically have told you if you’re an executor.

You’ll only inherit assets (for example, money or property) if you are also named as a beneficiary in the will.

Find the original Will first

You will need to send the original Will with your probate application – you cannot use a photocopy. The probate registry will keep the Will and become a public record.

The person who died should have told all the executors where to find the original Will and any updates, for example:

Get help from Citizens Advice or a probate practitioner (such as a solicitor) if you cannot understand a will.

If more than one will, send in the most recent one. Do not destroy any copies of earlier wills until you have received probate.

If the original Will is lost, you may be able to apply for probate with form PA13.

Before you apply for probate

Before applying for probate, you must estimate the estate’s value and determine if there is an Inheritance Tax to pay.

If there is more than one executor

If more than one person is named as an executor, you must agree on who makes the probate application.

Up to 4 executors can be named on the application.

If only one executor is named on the application, they will need to prove that they tried to contact all executors named in the Will before they applied.

You can contact the Probate Call Centre if you have problems finding the other executors.

Probate Call Centre

Telephone: 0300 303 0648

Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm

Closed on bank holidays

Find out about call charges

Email: [email protected]

The Probate Call Centre cannot help with disagreements between executors. However, you will need to find another way to reach an agreement – this could mean getting legal advice.

If you do not want to be an executor

You can give up your right to apply for probate, or you can appoint someone else to apply for you.