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

Download and fill in the PA1S form to apply for a 6-month ‘standing search’.

If a grant of representation is issued in the next 6 months, you’ll receive a copy.

It costs £10, which includes a copy of the grant of representation and the will (if there is one).

You can extend the standing search after 6 months.

You can only get a standing search if the death was in the last 6 months.

Scotland and Northern Ireland

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