Download the appropriate form to apply by post for the legal right to administer the estate of someone who’s died and did not leave a will. You’ll receive ‘letters of administration’ to prove your legal right to manage their estate.
Who can apply
You can apply to be an administrator of the estate if you were the person’s:
- spouse (husband or wife) - even if you were separated
- civil partner
- child who is over 18
You can also apply as a solicitor on behalf of the administrator.
You cannot apply if you’re the partner of the person but were not their spouse or civil partner when they died. You’re not automatically entitled to any of their estates unless you’re able to make changes to the inheritance.
Apply as an administrator without a solicitor
Download paper form titled ‘for citizens only’ to apply by post. Alternatively, you can apply for probate online
You can use this guide to help you apply for probate without help from a probate specialist.
Apply as a legal professional
Download paper form titled ‘for probate professional practitioners’ to apply by post. Alternatively, you can apply online if you or your practice has a MyHMCTS account.
Work out who inherits
The law decides who inherits the estate if there’s no will. Work out who will inherit.
Before you apply
You’ll need to:
How long it will take
It can take up to 8 weeks to process your application if there’s no delay in receiving your documents.
How to apply
To apply for the letters of administration:
1. download the correct paper form:
a . If you’re applying without a solicitor, download form titled ‘for citizens only’
b. If you’re a legal professional, download form title ‘ ‘for probate professional practitioners’
2. fill in all sections that apply
3. print the form
4. sign and date the application
5. send your completed form and supporting documents to:
PO Box 12625
Find out more about who can apply, what you will need before you start and what happens after you apply.
If you have not heard from us after this time or need help to complete this form, you can contact the probate helpline on 0300 303 0648. The line is open Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm.