Fixed Probate Fees, call:

0800 612 6105


Alternatively local rate:

020 8150 2010

Probate Registry


The probate registry is part of the Family Division of HM Courts and Tribunals Service.  The function of the probate office is to deal with applications for a grant of probate or letter of administration.

Complete the form for a List of Probate Registries

Help with Probate

As well our standard probate administration services we can assist you with a full range of additional probate services.

We can assist you with:

Caveats – Entering in a caveat will prevent probate being granted.

Probate Searches – Should you wish to obtain copies of a grant or a will, we provide a fast track probate search service, usually within three working days.

Probate Disputes –
If you are seeking probate advice, it is recommended you speak to a qualified, professional.

We operate a free helpline for those seeking help with probate, letters of administration, disputes, altering intestacy, deed of variation, overseas assets or inheritance tax.

Advisors are qualified probate practitioners and the company is regulated by the Society of Will writers and Estate Planning Practitioners.

Call now on 0800 612 6105, lines are open until 10pm, 7 days a week.

Probate Registry Hierarchy

There are registry offices Nationwide, including;

The Principal Registry in London:

London Probate Department

PRFD, First Avenue House

42-49 High Holborn

7th Floor

Holborn

London

WC1V 6NP

Tel:      020 7947 6939

Email:      londonpersonalapplicationsenquiries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

If you are conducting genealogy research, the London Probate Office is the only place where members of the public can search the complete National Probate Index dating back to 1858.  Although you can make searches through the post.

11 District Probate Registries

Birmingham

Brighton

Bristol

Cardiff (Probate Registry of Wales)

Ipswich

Leeds

Liverpool

Manchester

Newcastle

Oxford

Winchester

18 Sub-Registries

Bodmin

Caernarfon

Carlisle

Carmarthen

Chester

Exeter

Gloucester

Lancaster

Leicester

Lincoln

Maidstone

Middlesbrough

Norwich

Nottingham

Peterborough

Sheffield

Stoke-on-Trent

York

If you wish to attend the registry it is always better to call ahead.  You may be required to book an appointment or staff may direct your query elsewhere.  Follow the link for addresses, contact information and opening hours for your probate registry.

Probate Applications and Interviews

If you need to probate a will and apply for a grant of probate, or you’ve been appointed as a personal representative in accordance with intestacy law, you’ll need to attend an interview at the registry.

Don’t worry if you don’t see an office listed above that’s near you, it may not been necessary to travel.  In addition, the service uses offices and venues within public buildings where a representative from HM Courts and Tribunals Service will meet you.  The PA4 form gives a complete list, detailing where all the interview locations are.

You’ll need to specify which interview venue you require on your PA1 application form.  Your application must be sent to the controlling probate registry of that venue which is also detailed in PA4.

If you need any help or advice with probate or letters of administration, feel free to call Probate-a-Will on 0800 612 6105, our qualified advisors will be happy to assist you with your query.

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0800 612 6105

Or on local rate:

020 8150 2010

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