Applying for probate

After you've applied

You’ll usually get the grant of probate (or letters of administration) within 4 weeks of sending in your original documents.

You should not make any financial plans based on the date you expect to receive it, as it may take longer.

If there’s anything wrong with it, return it to your district probate registry.

Send a copy to organisations that hold the assets of the person who died, for example their bank.

Once you have probate you can start dealing with the estate.

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), probate applications are taking longer than usual to process.