When it comes to executing a will, the Probate Request Form is essential. The executors must complete the form with the appropriate probate court in order to receive formal approval from the court to begin the probate process. Depending on the situation, either the PA1P or PA1A form must be completed. If you are named in a will as executor or if the court appointed you as an administrator or personal representative, you are responsible for filling out probate forms, ensuring that the decedent's assets are properly protected and distributed, filing the forms with the court, and paying any court fees.
To make sure you have all of the necessary documents, we recommend printing a checklist. You can also contact the insurance company with a letter stating that you are the executor of the deceased's will and seeking information about the appropriate life insurance policy. If you are requesting an estate and there is a will, you must complete Form PA1P. If there is no will, then Form PA1A must be completed.
The fee for this is £215 and can be paid by check included in the probate form (made out to HMCTS) or by telephone. After payment has been made, you will be assigned a reference number that must be written down and added to the probate form. Once you have completed the form, if you submit it by mail, make sure to include all of the supporting documentation and send it to HMCTS. If the total value of the estate exceeds £5,000, an estate registration fee of £215 must be paid.
If there is a will, a PA1P probate form must be completed and a “probate grant” will be granted. Contact the Probate Family Court office & where you are filing to find out what forms of payment they accept to pay the fees.