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 can either:

You’ll need:

  • 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.