Stopping a probate application

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Challenge someone else's probate application

You can challenge someone else’s probate application (‘enter a caveat’) if there’s a dispute, for example about:

​​The caveat lasts for 6 months at first, then you can extend it for another 6 months. The caveat stops all applications for probate on the estate being granted during that time.

Entering a caveat can lead to legal action and legal costs. You should try to come to an agreement with the person applying for probate first.

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

There are different caveat rules in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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 entering a caveat yourself, you can: