Stopping a probate application

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.

This guide and the service are also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

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:

HMCTS Probate
PO BOX 12625
CM20 9QE

You’ll need:

  • 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.