Probate Registry Directory for England and Wales: Contact Registries

Probate Registry Directory for England and Wales: Contact Details

 

Contact the RegistryDirectory of the Probate Registry Offices in England and WalesPhone numbers, addresses and emails for all old Probate Registries. Some will be staffed, but do not visit or drop off documents unless specifically asked too. Applications are dealt with in Harlow, details below. Many of the “old” Registries are closed or just acting as departments of Harlow, which is the Court Centre now responsible for managing probate applications. This page may also be of value with the HMCTS contact details. It will be pretty confusing until the dust settles hopefully in 2020! OK, so that was optimistic and it is now all change and the site is out of date.  

We are NOT the Registry – our job is to find suitable professional help where it is needed – from half an hours review to handing the whole thing over.  Some cases are straightforward (to professionals) so fees are lower, others require more sophisticated advice and will inevitably be more expensive. We aim to recommend firms which offer sensible prices and good service.  If that is the sort of help you need, call us on 03 300 102 300 or use our enquiry form.

Tips from the Registry to speed your application:

  • The best tip to reduce delays is that if applying using an IHT400, this should be sent to HMRC (Taxman) 15 working days before applying for probate and submitting your application to HMCTS (Registry). Not waiting and submitting them at the same time will delay your application as it may take time to log the HMRC clearance number against the application sent to HMRC.  
  • IHT205 accompanies the application rather than being sent to the Taxman.
  • Ensuring that all information that is submitted is correct will also help as it often is not. 
  • Ensuring that where you have applied digitally, any documents (originally or subsequent documentation requested from you) sent to the Harlow address should always contain a cover sheet with the 16 digit case reference number.  
  • Codicils are part of the Will and should be submitted at the same time.

Back to information about the Government Probate Registries:

For general enquiries please contact HMTCS Probate on

0300 303 0648 Monday to Thursday 8 to 5 Friday 8 to 4.30.  Or by email at: contactprobate@justice.gov.uk

For general Inheritance Tax queries or if you need a probate application pack, please call the Helpline Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 0300 123 1072.

If your query is related to anything else, please call one of the numbers cited above.

Please note that our phone lines do not have automatic answering machines. There is a chance that if our number is engaged your call may ring out/be cut off. Please continue trying to reach them and do not try to call alternative numbers.

To pay by card call 0300 303 5856 – Monday to Friday 09:30am to 3:30pm

Once you have made payment make sure you note your reference on the first page of your application form.

Where do I send the Probate Application? 

Please send your probate application form (and cheque where you have not prepaid) and required documents to:

 HMCTS Probate, PO Box 12625, Harlow, CM20 9QE

For the avoidance of doubt, we are Probate Brokers. Our job is to find the right level of help and expertise needed, bearing in mind the complexity of the estate,          at the right price.  Contact us here.

Find the nearest Registry: further down the page is an OLD Directory of Probate Registries some of which are still active in England and Wales.  Read the update on Probate Delays before going any further.   

Registries do NOT deal with registering births, marriages or deaths. 

Be aware that the Registries seem to be in chaos at the moment (November 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 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.

For copy Wills and Grants click here. For help with probate go here. For DIY Probate click here.

All applications must be sent to a HARLOW 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 August 2019 list of Registries, hence the sea of red ink –  everything MUST be directed to HARLOW initially.)   

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.

Anything below this point is probably no longer relevant.

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 were satellite or sub-offices of the Probate office above them. It is also possible to apply to any 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.)

For Fees go to this page.  If it is all a bit much for you,  get professional help with probate at modest fees, contact us.  We won’t charge for a brief initial chat.

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. STOP PRESS – all change – download Probate Registry update.

Find the nearest Probate Registry
Find the nearest  Registry

List/ Directory of Probate Registries Contact Details.

(Click through to the relevant registry page).

Former sub-offices of Birmingham Registry:   

Brighton Registry Office.

Cardiff Registry Office.

Ipswich Registry OfficeAll post and enquiries to Newcastle

(Plus Colchester and Chelmsford).

  • Norwich  All post and enquiries to Newcastle
  • Peterborough All post and enquiries to Newcastle

Leeds Registry.

(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.

Liverpool Probate Registry Office.

  • Chester  All post and enquiries to Liverpool.
  • Lancaster  All post and enquiries to Liverpool.

London: Principal Registry Office.

The London Registry is the senior registry for England and Wales.

Manchester Registry Office.

Newcastle Registry Office.

  • Carlisle  All post and enquiries to Newcastle.
  • Middlesborough  All post and enquiries to Newcastle.

Oxford Registry Office.

  • Gloucester  All post and enquiries to Oxford.
    • Cheltenham  Closed.   Worcester Closed.  Hereford Closed.
    • Leicester Registry  All post and enquiries to Oxford.

and last but by no means least:

Winchester Registry Office.

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.

Probate GUIDANCE 03 300 102 300. This is our Directory of Registries.

Find a funeral director.    Register a death.   Help with Probate.

Covid-19 At the time of writing there was only ONE number to contact ALL English and Welsh Probate Registries

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