a guide for people who want to challenge an application for grant on an estate (PA8)

Published date21 March 2018
Subject MatterProbate forms and guidance
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Stopping an application for Probate –
How to enter a Caveat
A guide for people who want to challenge an application for a grant on
an estate
This leaf‌let will help you if you want to stop a probate application (‘enter a caveat’)
If you have any questions, please contact your local probate registry.
The staff are there to help you – but they cannot give you legal advice.
When a person dies, they usually leave an estate (including money, possessions and
property) and sometimes a will.
A will may name one or more executors to be responsible for collecting in all the money,
paying any debts and distributing any legacies left to individuals or organisations.
In order to access the estate, the executor, or if there is no will the relatives of the deceased
need to apply to the Probate Service for a document called a Grant of Representation or
‘grant’. This process is called probate.
In most cases, applying for probate is a straightforward procedure. The Probate Service
administers applications for grants throughout England and Wales.
If you have concerns about whether someone who applies for a grant has the right to do
so and you want to ask a court (not the probate registry) to consider the matter, you can
enter a caveat to temporarily stop the grant being issued. You are then called the caveator.
PA8 Stopping an application for Probate (08.20)

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