Directory of the Probate Registry Offices in England and Wales.
Find the nearest Probate Registry: further down the page is a Directory of Probate Registries which are active in England and Wales. Always write to or contact Main area Probate Registries, NOT a sub-registry unless you are specifically asked to contact a sub-registry. There is a list you can download if you go to the bottom of the page, or just click on to the relevant registry below. Probate Registries do NOT deal with registering births, marriages or deaths.
Be aware that some of the Registries seem to be in utter chaos at the moment so don’t waste your time repeatedly ringing and ringing – use email or post! The so-called Helpline on 0300 123 1072 seems to be the same.
To find the local Registrar of Births and Deaths go HERE. Probate Registries and Registrars of Birth and Deaths are entirely different organisations.
Please do NOT call the Probate Registries below if you just need Probate Forms, download them via our page or (very much second best as they seem to be slow and unreliable) call the Government Service on 0300 123 1072 Option 1 and leave your name and address and the fact that you need probate forms and whether or not probate, trusts or overseas assets are included (or +44 300 123 1072 from abroad). That office is open 9-5 Monday to Friday. For contact details of the various Probate Registries, continue down the page. If you just need a small amount of guidance use our form where you just need a question answered.
We can introduce you to flexible probate services from DIY Support for simple estates to sophisticated tax advice on taxable estates. They 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 the professionals!
Links to the nearest Government Probate Registry Directory and 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. At the moment, the Probate Registries seem to be woefully understaffed, so it is often better to email as phones are often not answered.
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 (it is a little bit of a mystery what is happing with them as NONE are listed on the December 2018 list of Registries, hence the sea of red ink – we understand many are still staffed, but everything MUST be directed to the MAIN REGISTRIES.) Many are neither open nor staffed regularly.
The job of executor can be both demanding and thankless. Bearing in mind that professional fees would come from the estate, you may wish to consider an economical professional service. This page gives an insight into where you can run into profit inflating tactics elsewhere. To contact us call 03 300 102 300. 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 for London which opens and closes 30 minutes later.
Find the nearest Probate Registry. We are NOT one.
The indented registries are satellite or sub-offices 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.)
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 our service, 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.
As mentioned elsewhere, we have professionals working throughout England and Wales. To be honest, local visits are only essential where none of the family is local and able to collect papers, change locks and perform similar tasks and no one else will do it at a reasonable cost. Get in touch and we will organise a quotation for you.
List/ Directory of Probate Registries Contact Details.
(Click through to the relevant registry page).
Sub-offices of Birmingham Probate Registry:
CoventryClosed. NorthamptonClosed. WolverhamptonClosed. KidderminsterClosed.
- Stoke on Trent All post and enquiries to Birmingham
- Nottingham All post and enquiries to Birmingham
CanterburyClosed ChichesterClosed EastbourneClosed HastingsClosed HorshamClosed
- Maidstone (hours may vary and be limited.)All post and enquiries to Brighton
Bristol Probate Registry Office.All post and enquiries to Cardiff
- Bodmin All post and enquiries to Cardiff
- Carmarthen All post and enquiries to Cardiff
- Caernarfon All post and enquiries to Cardiff
Exeter. All post and enquiries to Cardiff Ipswich Probate Registry Office. All post and enquiries to Newcastle
Colchester and Chelmsford).
(Looking for copies of probated Wills? Leeds deal with that but do not ring them. Click the link and download the enquiry form. That is all they will send if you ring them, once you finally get through. Or apply online HERE – but read the instructions carefully.)
- Lincoln All post and enquiries to Leeds.
- Sheffield All post and enquiries to Leeds
- York All post and enquiries to Leeds.
London: Principal Probate Registry Office.
The London Registry is the senior registry for England and Wales.
- Gloucester All post and enquiries to Oxford.
CheltenhamClosed. WorcesterClosed. HerefordClosed.
- Leicester Registry All post and enquiries to Oxford.
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.