Directory of the Probate Registry Offices in England and Wales.
As Probate Registries are closed, more cases will be transfered to HM Courts & Tribunals Services small number of central offices, so this page may also be of value with the HMCTS contact details. It will be pretty confusing until the dust settles hopefully in 2020!
Find the nearest Registry: further down the page is a Directory of Probate Registries which are still active in England and Wales. Read the update on the front page before going any further. Always write to or contact Main area Probate Registries, not sub offices.
Registries do NOT deal with registering births, marriages or deaths.
Be aware that the Registries seem to be in utter chaos at the moment (mid 2019) so don’t waste your time repeatedly ringing and ringing – use email or post!
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 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 (or +44 300 123 1072 from abroad). That office is open 9-5 Monday to Friday. For contact details of the various 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 offices / 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.)
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 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. 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).
Former sub-offices of Birmingham Probate Registry:
CoventryClosed. NorthamptonClosed. WolverhamptonClosed. KidderminsterClosed. Stoke on Trent Nottingham CanterburyClosed ChichesterClosed EastbourneClosed HastingsClosed HorshamClosed Maidstone(hours may vary and be limited.) All post and enquiries to Brighton Tunbridge WellsClosed Bristol Probate Registry Office.All post and enquiries to Cardiff BodminAll post and enquiries to Cardiff CarmarthenAll post and enquiries to Cardiff CaernarfonAll post and enquiries to Cardiff Exeter. All post and enquiries to Cardiff Ipswich 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.)
LincolnAll post and enquiries to Leeds. SheffieldAll post and enquiries to Leeds YorkAll post and enquiries to Leeds.
London: Principal Probate Registry Office.
The London Registry is the senior registry for England and Wales.
GloucesterAll post and enquiries to Oxford. CheltenhamClosed. WorcesterClosed. HerefordClosed. Leicester RegistryAll 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.