Leeds Probate Registry contact details.
LATEST: Download latest Probate Registry procedure and contacts here – it is all change and the site is currently out dated!
Please note that this is a branch of the Court and does NOT deal with registering births deaths or marriages. They will also not answer questions on obtaining copy Wills and Grants. If you just want Forms, please call the helpline 0300 123 1072 (or +44 300 123 1072 from abroad) NOT the Leeds Probate Registry below. Or download them here. Leeds is open 9.30 – 4 Monday to Friday. Back to list of Registries. Leeds email is email@example.com.
Their Payment Line is open 9.30 to 3 on 0113 3896 117 – all closed at weekends.
But are you sure you are doing the right thing? If you need professional help with the estate at sensible fees, please call us on 03 300 102 300 or use our form for where you just need a question answered. We will be delighted to have a free initial chat if you wish to consider us to help organise things for you. Please remember that we are a business, and whilst we are always happy to have a free exploratory chat, we offer general guidance before recommending suitable professions depending on the complexity of the situation. You might want to check the Common Question Page (link to the right) first though!
Possible dispute over the estate? Information here.
The Leeds Probate Registry has moved to:
Leeds District Registry, York House, 31 York Place Leeds LS1 2BA.
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: new number is 0113 389 6133.
Card payments: 0113 389 6117.
For a location and route map of the Leeds Registry, click here.
Leeds Probate Registry is now also responsible for postal searches.
Read on for details of the two methods of obtaining copies.
If you want to make a postal search, please complete form pa1s-eng, or write and give as much information as possible including the full name, last known address and date of death of the person concerned if known, and send the form or letter and fee to:
The Postal Searches and Copies Department
Leeds District Probate Registry York House York Place Leeds LS1 2BA
Tel: 0113 389 6133 (Fax: 0113 247 1893 ?)
There is an email we can send you advising how to get copy Wills and Grants direct from the Leeds Probate Registry online, which is much quicker – go here, but PLEASE do not ring us as we can’t help with copies!
The staff at the probate registry cannot help with searches: you must send in the fee and form or letter containing all the information they will need, so please don’t ask them!
A search can normally be made using less detail, but if the date of death is not known, you must state the year from which you want the search to be made, or give some other evidence that might show when the person died. If you have information about legal actions related to Probate or the disposition of assets, include that on your application.
Many people find it convenient to order copies in this way even if they have already made a search of the Probate indexes and located a record on the subject of their research, but if this is the case, please include the grant type, issuing Registry and grant issue date on your application, as well as the Folio number if applicable (see above) as this can speed up the supply of copies considerably.
The fee should be payable to “HMCTS”, and if it is paid from abroad, must be made by bank draft, payable through a United Kingdom bank and made out in £ sterling. If you are applying for a search as well, you can request a search of any length, and fees for this are outlined above.
The records referred to here relate only to estates probate in England and Wales.
If you know of any historical research institute in your area, find out if they have any Probate records. Please note that, since the Leeds Registry serves as a national centre for postal requests for searches and copies, it is not possible to inspect the Probate indexes in person there.
If you know of any historical research institute in your area, find out if they have any Probate records. Please note that, since the Leeds Probate Registry serves as a national centre for postal requests for searches and copies, it is not possible to inspect the Probate indexes in person there.
The Service has undergone a process of computerisation, but as yet this covers only recently issued grants, but more are being added all the time so do check. However, anyone who is interested in checking up on grants since 1996 can search the Probate Service database themselves.
To date, workstations for public use have been installed at the Principal Probate Registry in London and Manchester District Probate Registry. The Postal Searches and Copies Department at York is also completing a long period of computerisation, which should see a much-improved service to family history researchers, with clearer and more comprehensive information and quicker supply of documents.
Main list of Probate Registry Offices.