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.

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’ll need:

Write to or visit any Probate Registry to enter a caveat.

The Probate Registry cannot give legal advice.


It costs £20 to enter a caveat.