Apply for probate

You can apply for probate yourself online or by post. This can be cheaper than paying a probate practitioner (such as a solicitor) to apply for you.

Read guidance from Money Helper about using a probate practitioner for information on hiring a legal professional.

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), probate applications are taking up to 8 weeks to process. It’s taking longer to process paper applications than online applications.

This guide and the service are also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Apply for probate online

You must have estimated the value of the estate to find out if there’s Inheritance Tax to pay.

If there’s Inheritance Tax to pay, you must wait 20 working days after sending the tax forms to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) before applying.

Apply for probate

Return to an existing probate application.

Apply for probate by post

The form you need to fill in depends on whether the person left a will or not.

If there’s a will, fill in application form PA1P.

If there’s not a will, fill in application form PA1A.

Because of COVID-19, it’s taking longer to process paper applications than online applications. Use the online service to apply for probate if you can.