HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is rolling out a national pilot for probate that will allow legal professionals to access the online service.

From 1 October 2019, legal professionals will be able to make an application for any probate, intestacy or a grant of letters of administration with will-annexed application.

What the new online service does

The online service will allow each law firm to:

  • manage their own account on the system
  • view all their probate applications in a single dashboard
  • monitor the stages of their applications online, removing the need to phone HMCTS for updates.

Once registered, you can submit applications at any time of day and they’ll be uploaded to the system instantly.

The only paper that you’ll need to send to the probate service is the original will and inheritance tax documentation. 

From January 2020, you can also apply to stop a probate grant being issued (a caveat).


The online probate service is not yet a finished system. 

If you have problems using the service, email HMCTS with your feedback.