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.
You can either:
Find your district probate registry. Sub-registries do not deal with probate applications.
- the full name, date of death and last address of the person who’s died
- a home address in England or Wales
The Probate Registry cannot give legal advice.
It costs £20 to enter a caveat.
If you apply by post, you can pay by either:
- calling any district probate registry between 9:30am and 3pm to pay by debit or credit card
- sending a cheque payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’ with your form