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Form PA1A: Apply for probate by post if there is not a will

Apply for letters of administration to manage the estate of the person who has died if they have not left a will.

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Apply for probate online

Apply for probate by post if there is not a will - for citizen applicants only

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Apply for probate where the deceased did not leave a will - for probate practitioners only

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Details

If you are applying online, you do not need to submit a paper application as well.

You can apply for the legal right to manage the estate of someone who has 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 are the most entitled inheritor, use this inheritance calculator tool to work who’s most entitled.

You can also apply as a probate practitioner 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 probate practitioner

Download the ‘citizen applicants only’ form to apply by post. Alternatively, you can apply for probate online.

Use this guide to help you apply for probate without help from a probate practitioner.

Apply as a probate practitioner

Download the ‘probate practitioners only’ form 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 to apply

To apply for the letters of administration:

1. download the correct paper form

2. fill in all sections that apply

3. print the form

4. sign and date the application

5. pay by phone or include a cheque with your application (see How to pay)

5. send your completed form and supporting documents to:

HMCTS Probate
PO Box 12625
Harlow
CM20 9QE

How to pay

You can pay by either:

  • sending a cheque payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’ with your documents
  • calling the Courts and Tribunals Service Centre to pay by credit or debit card – you’ll be given a reference number to send with your documents

Courts and Tribunals Service Centre
Telephone: 0300 303 5856
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3.30pm

Find out about call charges

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.

Contact us

If you have not heard from us after 8 weeks or need help to complete this form, you can contact the probate helpline on 0300 303 0648. The line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm and Saturday, 8am to 2pm.

Published 20 March 2020
Last updated 9 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added information about how to pay.

  2. Helpline information updated.

  3. Revised PA1A form including equality and diversity questions.

  4. New form for legal practitioners published.

  5. First published.