Apply to stop a grant of probate by post: Form PA8A

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


Apply to stop a grant of probate application by post: PA8A

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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
  • an interested party
  • a probate practitioner (such as a solicitor)


It costs £3 to stop an application for 6 months.

How to apply

You can either apply online or by post.

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 £3 application fee by sending a cheque payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’ with your form.

  6. Send the completed form to:

HMCTS Probate
PO Box 12625
CM20 9QE

Contact us

If you need help with completing this form, you can contact the probate helpline.

Probate helpline
Telephone: 0300 303 0648
Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm
Closed on weekends and bank holidays

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Published 20 March 2020
Last updated 14 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated the probate helpline opening times.

  2. Updated phone line opening times

  3. Uploaded a new version of the PA8A in English and Welsh.

  4. Updated phone line opening times

  5. Updated April's bank holiday week opening times

  6. Updated the opening times for the probate helpline

  7. Edited the contact us section - The Probate helpline is closed on Saturdays.

  8. Helpline information updated.

  9. Revised form PA8a uploaded.

  10. Revised form including equality and diversity questions.

  11. Updated with revised fees payable from August 2020.

  12. New form for legal practitioners published.

  13. First published.