Form PA7A: Apply to withdraw a will or codicil from storage

Apply as the testator (person who wrote the will) or an executor to withdraw a will or an update to the will (codicil) from HMCTS.


Form PA7A: Apply to withdraw your will or codicil from storage

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If you’re the testator

Use this form to withdraw your will or codicil from storage from HMCTS.

You’ll need the original certificate of deposit and safe custody reference number.

If you cannot find your certificate, write a letter explaining this.

If you’re an executor or someone else applying for probate

Use this form to apply to withdraw the will or codicil from storage of the testator who’s died and made the will so you can use the original to apply for probate.

You’ll need to provide an official copy of their death certificate with your application.

To apply to withdraw your will or codicil:

  1. download the form
  2. fill in either:
    • section A if you are the testator who wants to withdraw your own will or an update to it or
    • section B if you are either an executor or administrator who wants to withdraw the will after the death of the testator
  3. print the form
  4. sign and date the application with wet ink - HMCTS cannot accept electronic signatures
  5. send the application with the official copy of the death certificate
  6. send your completed form to:

Newcastle District Probate Registry
1 Waterloo Square

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 30 January 2020
Last updated 3 August 2020 + show all updates
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