You can stop a probate application (‘enter a caveat’), for example because there’s a dispute about:
- who can apply for probate
- whether a will exists
A caveat lasts 6 months.
How to enter a caveat
You must be 18 or over.
You can do it yourself, or use a solicitor or another person licensed to provide probate services.
If you’re doing it yourself, you can either:
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- the full name, date of death and last address of the person who’s died
- a home address in England or Wales
It costs £3 to enter a caveat.
If you apply by post, you must pay by sending a cheque payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’ with your form.
You may be able to get help to pay the caveat fee and other court fees if you have a low income or are on certain benefits.