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Raise a caveat (Stop an application for probate)

I can apply on your behalf to stop an application for a grant of representation for up to 6 months. This is also known as 'entering a caveat'.

Reasons to stop an application for probate

You may want to stop an application if you:

  • think the person who made the will was being influenced by someone else or was not able to make their own decisions 

  • believe someone interfered with the will or forged it

  • there is a more recent will

  • the will was not properly signed and witnessed

  • the person who will be applying for probate will not send a complete copy of the will with you

  • you are entitled to apply but have not been included in the application

  • the person who died got married or divorced after the will was signed

These are just some reasons, but there may be others too.


Time scales

You should usually try to come to an agreement with the person applying for probate before you stop their application.

It takes one working day for your request to stop applications in progress.

If an application is approved on the same day you make the request, it will not be stopped. But you will stop any future applications for probate made on the estate for 6 months. 


Information needed

  • The full name of the person who died (and any other names they were known by); and

  • The exact date they died.


Our fees

It costs £123 to stop an application for 6 months including our own  charges.

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