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Form PA1P: Apply for probate by post if there is a will

Apply for probate by post as an executor named in the will of someone who's died or as a beneficiary if there are no executors.

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Apply for probate online

PA1P - citizen applicants only

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PA1P for probate practitioners only

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Details

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

You can apply for the legal right to manage the estate of someone who has died and left a will. You’ll receive a ‘grant of probate’.

Who can apply

You can apply if you are one of the following:

  • an ‘executor’ – a person named in a will of the person who’s died (grant of probate)
  • a ‘beneficiary’ where there’s a will but none of the executors are applying (letters of administration with will annexed)
  • a probate practitioner representing the executor(s) or the beneficiaries if there are no executors (grant of probate or letters of administration with will annexed)

Apply as an executor without a probate practitioner

Download the ‘citizen applicants only’ form to apply by post.

Alternatively, you can apply for probate online.

You may also be able to apply using this form if:

  • you are a beneficiary named in the will, and there are no executors able to apply for the grant
  • if there are no executors named in the will

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.

Before you apply

You’ll need to:

To apply for the grant:

1. download the correct paper form

2. fill in all sections that apply

3. complete the checklist

4. print the form

5. sign and date the application

6. include a cheque with your application (see How to pay)

7. send your completed form and supporting documents to:

HMCTS Probate
PO Box 12625
Harlow
CM20 9QE

What to include in your application

The original will

You will need to submit the original will and the official death certificate. Photocopies of these documents will not be accepted.

The original will become a public document by law when HM Courts and Tribunals Services (HMCTS) gives you the grant. It will not be returned to you, as HMCTS must store it in the public records.

How to pay

You must pay by sending a cheque payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’ with your documents.

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 us.

Probate helpline
Telephone: 0300 303 0648
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Closed on weekends and bank holidays

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Published 27 November 2018
Last updated 30 May 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated helpline opening times

  2. Updated April's bank holiday week opening times

  3. Added a welsh version of the practitioner form

  4. Removed the pre-2022 citizen applicant form only.

  5. Updated opening times for the probate helpline

  6. Removed the wrong address being shown on legal statement page of the form.

  7. Updated to show we're closed on Saturdays.

  8. Updated form page with new paper forms for applicants with and without an excepted estate

  9. Added information about how to pay.

  10. Updated helpline information.

  11. Revised form including equality and diversity questions.

  12. Probate helpline opening times amended.

  13. New legal practitioner form published.

  14. Revised application form.

  15. Revised PA1P.

  16. Revised Welsh PA1P uploaded.

  17. Removed the link to HMRC as it is no longer needed.

  18. First published.