Has Probate been issued?
Sometimes it is important to obtain a copy of a will. You maybe a beneficiary, a creditor or someone wanting to obtain a will to make a claim. There are a variety of sources you can check:-
An online search for probate records
The government introduced an online search facility, last year which makes searching for a will in which probate has been issued easy.
You can click here and simply type the deceased person’s name and year of death and then search. Copies cost £10 and typically take 14 days.
What does probate show ?
Once you have obtained a copy of the will, and a grant of probate, a few important features to note :-
- on the grant of probate look out for the date when probate was issued – this is really important date when considering making a claim
- the grant will have the person who has applied for probate at the bottom – it will name the solicitors firm or state extracted personally if no solicitor
- the grant will have the net value of the estate
- the grant will also state the full names and addresses of the personal representatives
- the grant also shows the Deceased’s full name and last known address
Search for a will by post
Download and fill in form PA1S and pay a fee for a postal search.
Be notified when probate is issued by undertaking a standing search
You can apply for what is known as a standing search. This lasts for 6 months and means that you will automatically be given a copy of the will and probate when issued.
Contact the London probate registry
The london probate registry does store wills and therefore it is worth checking to make sure whether a will has been stored there by the deceased.