Find a will or ‘grant of representation’ for people who died in or after 1858.

A ‘grant of representation’ gives someone the legal right to deal with a deceased person’s estate. This right is called ‘probate’.

You can order copies of documents online. They cost £10 each - you can pay by debit or credit card.

It can take up to 10 working days for you to receive your documents. Working days do not include weekends or public holidays.

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Before you start

There’s a different procedure in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

New probate records appear online approximately 14 days after the grant of representation has been issued.

Wills and probate records from 1858 to 1996

If you cannot find the record you’re looking for, check the years after the person died. These records are stored under the year the grant was issued, rather than the year of death.

To find the will of someone who died in the early 1990s, you may need to check the records that cover 1996 onwards.

Types of grant

Not all grants of representation contain a will. Check the type of grant when you search:

  • ‘Probate’ or ‘Grant and Will’ - a will exists and will be provided
  • ‘Admon with Will’ or ‘Grant and Will’ - a will exists and will be provided
  • ‘Administration (Admon) or Grant’ - a will does not exist and will not be provided

Other ways to apply

Download and fill in form PA1S.

It costs £10 for a search, which includes a copy of the grant of representation and the will (if there is one).

The address you need is on the form. You should get a response within 4 weeks.