8. Search for probate records

You can search for a probate record (eg a will or grant of representation) in England and Wales online or by post.

Search online for a probate record

Search online for probate records for people who died in or after 1858.

You can order copies of probate records 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.

A new probate record will appear online approximately 14 days after a grant of representation has been issued.

Search for a probate record by post

Download and fill in form PA1S - Application for a search (copies of grants and wills).

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.

Get a ‘standing search’ for the next 6 months

You can also apply for a 6 month ‘standing search’ if the death was in the last 6 months.

This means that if a grant of representation is issued in the next 6 months, you’ll receive a copy.

You can extend the standing search after 6 months.

Contact the London Probate Department

The will might be stored at the London Probate Department.

You must provide proof of the death and that you’re the executor named in the will. You might still be able to get the will if no executors were named.

Scotland and Northern Ireland

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