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Apply to stop a grant of probate by post

Use this paper form (previously PA8A) to apply to stop a probate grant being issued also known as enter a caveat by post.

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Apply to stop a grant of probate application by post

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Apply for a caveat or extension (for probate professional practitioners only)

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Details

You can apply to stop a probate application also known as “enter a caveat” if, for example, you have a dispute about:

  • who can apply for probate
  • whether a will exists

Who can apply

You can apply if you’re over 18 and:

  • an executor named in a will,
  • interested party or
  • solicitor

Fee

It costs £20 to stop an application for 6 months. You’ll need to apply again if you want to stop the application for another 6 months.

How to apply

You can either apply online or by post.

If you’re applying yourself, find out how to stop a probate application.

You can apply to stop the probate application before or after the application is received.

If successful, you’ll get a ‘caveat’ - a stop to the grant of probate from being issued, which lasts for 6 months.

To apply by post:

  1. download the form
  2. fill in all the sections
  3. print the form
  4. sign and date the form
  5. pay the application fee of £20 by calling your local probate registry or send a cheque
  6. Send the completed form to :

HMCTS Probate
PO Box 12625
Harlow
CM20 9QE

Contact us

If you need help with completing 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.

Published 20 March 2020
Last updated 20 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. New form for legal practitioners published.

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