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Obtaining a copy of a will

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Kense Report 24 Mar 2015 22:04

Jonesey's Tip of the Day thread is more up-to-date than this thread.


JoyDean Report 24 Mar 2015 18:53

Brought forward for Cane.


Phyll Report 27 Sep 2012 13:22

I sent my form off for Probate with cheque for £6 on 11th September but still haven't received anything. Whom should I contact to see what's happened do you know please.
Many thanks


Phyll Report 11 Sep 2012 15:22

Thank you Jonesey


Jonesey Report 11 Sep 2012 14:45

From my own experience I find that it usually takes about 7 days or so.


Phyll Report 11 Sep 2012 12:38

Thanks for the info. Can you tell me how long I may expect to wait for my reply. Have sent form off today.

Thanks you



Jonesey Report 6 Sep 2012 09:29

This site gives instructions about how and where to apply for a copy of a will or order of probate proven between 1858 and the present.


Phyll Report 6 Sep 2012 09:06

I have found my Father's probate/Will and would like to send off for a copy. It was in Lewes, Sussex but I can't find an address to send to. Please can anyone find this for me.

Many thanks



GlitterBaby Report 23 Aug 2012 12:48



Simon Report 12 Jul 2012 17:21

There is a useful inflation calculator for seeing what an estate would be worth today -

You just need to put in the amount and the date (year) and it calculates how much it would equate to now.



Cynthia Report 9 May 2012 08:06

Jonesey is a veritable mine of information at times ;-)


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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 13 Jan 2012 22:08

Thanks Joy - I knew Jonesey had posted this somewhere! :)


*Alison* Report 13 Jan 2012 22:02

Thanks for all the usefull info! :-D


JoyDean Report 13 Jan 2012 21:17



Jonesey Report 26 Nov 2011 10:51


Belated reply.

The only way to determine whether or not any of your family members left a will is to either do make a personal search of the Probate Calendars or get the Probate Registry to search on your behalf, for which they make a charge.

Ancestry has this database online:

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941

Alternatively a personal search will involve you visiting the Probate Registry.


Patricia Report 24 Nov 2011 16:22

thank you all very much all useful stuff and now I am really going to prove my ignorance!
I have read all the post on how to apply for a copy of a will and it seems they can be a really useful piece of information in researching family history.
But how can I in the first instance determine whether or not any of my family members had ever written and submitted a will.
Help, sorry for being so dumb!!!!!!! :-S


Jonesey Report 23 Nov 2011 14:07

You can ask the Probate Registry to make a search of the probate calendar on your behalf. Download the form from the link below, complete it and send it together with the fee to the address below.

Postal Searches and Copies Department
Leeds District Probate Registry
York House
York Place

Please provide the full name, address and date of death of the deceased, stating what you require and enclosing the appropriate fee which is £6 for the first copy and £1 for every additional copy .