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Forms PA15 and PA16: Give up your role to manage the estate of someone who's died

Give up your role permanently as an executor or administrator to get probate to manage the estate of someone who’s died.

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Form PA15: give up your right as an executor

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Form PA16: give up your right as an administrator

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Details

Fill in either form PA15 or PA16 if you want to give up your legal responsibility and role permanently (also known as ‘renunciation’) to apply for probate to manage the estate of someone who died as either:

  • an executor named in their will or
  • their spouse or civil partner acting as an administrator

If you’re an executor

You can give up your responsibility to manage the estate so that another executor can apply for probate instead.

If you’re a spouse or civil partner

If you’re a spouse or civil partner you can give up your rights as an administrator to get letters of administration so a child of the person who died who is over 18 can get it instead.

This does not give up your claim to the estate if you’re a named beneficiary.

  1. Download form PA15 if you’re an executor or form PA16 if you’re the spouse or civil partner
  2. Fill in all sections
  3. If you’re an executor, tell HMCTS if you’re the sole executor or one of them
  4. Sign and date the application
  5. Get your witness to sign and date the application
  6. Either give the completed form to the executor who’s applying for probate or send it 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.

Telephone: 0300 303 0648
Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5pm.

Published 19 July 2018
Last updated 18 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Rewrote the form page content based on who, what and how executors and administrators can give up their role to manage the estate of someone who's died.

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