Directory of Probate Registries.
Please do NOT call the Probate Registries below if you just need Probate Forms. Please call the Government Service on 0300 123 1072 (or +44 300 123 1072 from abroad). That office is open 9-5 Monday to Friday. We are a firm of probate solicitors offering flexible services from DIY Support for simple estates to sophisticated tax advice on taxable estates. We don’t insist on taking over everything. We do strongly recommend contacting us where there will be Inheritance Tax to pay, any trusts or if there may be disputes. Many families never speak again after a probate dispute, so keeping the dispute impersonal helps no end. They can blame us!
Links to the nearest Government Probate Registry contact details are further down the page. Many local interview offices have been closed to cut costs. Closed offices are crossed through, and (anyway) you should always contact the relevant regional main office.
Probate Registries are branches of the Court and do NOT deal with registering births deaths or marriages! Click here for Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages or for copy Wills and Grants click this one. For help with probate go here. For DIY Probate click here.
All applications must be sent to a MAIN Probate Registry or they will be delayed while they are redirected. Always check with a sub office that they will be open if you intend to visit them, as many are not staffed regularly.
The job of executor can be both demanding and thankless. Bearing in mind that our fees would come from the estate, you may wish to consider our economical professional service: this page gives an insight into where you can run into profit inflating tactics elsewhere. To contact us call 01323 406299. If your concern is a possible probate dispute, then this page may be helpful.
Main Probate Registries are open from 9.30 to 4 Monday to Friday except London which opens and closes 30 minutes later.
Find the nearest Probate Registry. We are NOT one.
The indented registries are satellite or sub-office of the Probate office above them. It is also possible to apply to any probate registry. You don’t have to go to the one which is nearest to where the death occurred. If it is more convenient, it is possible to apply to an office more local to you, but be aware that the process may take a few extra days if you do.
(Free Guide to what to do on death HERE – with free tips on saving money on probate.)
(At the foot of the page – what is a Probate Registry and what do they do?)
Before you find the nearest probate registry, why not read the FREE Guide to Probate without a solicitor? Even if you do decide to use us, a solicitor or bank (or you can’t get out of it as they are appointed as executor) you will be better informed. Go here to download the guide. You will also receive some helpful guidance on the various things which have to be done. That guidance may save you a lot of time and money.
Some Probate Registry sub Offices are open just once every three months! As mentioned elsewhere, we operate as a business throughout England and Wales. We use local people where needed and courier services to collect paperwork where a personal visit is not essential. To be honest, local visits are only essential where none of the family are local and able to collect papers, change locks and perform similar tasks and no one else will do it at a reasonable cost. We do charge (relatively modestly) for our time, but a free initial chat is always available.
List of Probate Registries.
(click through to the relevant registry contact details).
Sub offices of Birmingham (if there is no hyperlink, ring Birmingham):
CoventryClosed. NorthamptonClosed. WolverhamptonClosed. KidderminsterClosed.
- Stoke on Trent (hours may vary and be limited.)
- Nottingham (hours may vary and be limited.)
CanterburyClosed ChichesterClosed EastbourneClosed HastingsClosed HorshamClosed Maidstone. Closed Tunbridge WellsClosed
(Plus Colchester and Chelmsford).
(Looking for copies of probated Wills? Leeds deal with that but don’t ring them, click the link and download the enquiry form, which is all they will send if you ring them, once you finally get through.)
London: Principal Probate Registry Office.
The London Registry is the senior registry for England and Wales.
- Gloucester (hours may vary and be limited.)
CheltenhamClosed. WorcesterClosed. HerefordClosed.
- Leicester Probate Registry (hours may vary and be limited.)
and last but by no means least:
Click above to find local District Probate Registry Office contact details.
If you would like very competitively priced professional help from professionals who care and are happy to talk to you, do contact us.