How can you track a Probate application UK?

How can you track a Probate application UK?
How can you track a Probate application UK?

If you are a beneficiary of the deceased’s estate or family, it is possible to find out if a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration have been granted, but that’s all you can do. You need to be the person(s) that applied for Probate to be able to track the progress of a Probate application.

After you've applied for Probate, your application will be reviewed by the Probate Service. You can track the progress of your Probate application online here.  

Once your application has been approved, the Will and any additions to it (‘Codicils’) will be kept by the Probate Registry and become a public record.

What you’ll get

You’ll get a document that allows you to start dealing with the estate. This will be one of the following:

  • a ‘Grant of Probate’ - if the person left a Will
  • ‘Letters of Administration with Will annexed’ - if the Will does not name an executor or the named executor cannot apply
  • ‘Letters of Administration’ - if the person did not leave a Will

You’ll usually get the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration within 16 weeks of submitting your application. It can take longer if you need to provide additional information.

What happens next

Once you have the Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration) you can start dealing with the estate.

Send copies of the Probate document to organisations that hold the assets of the person who died, for example their bank.

During the administration period you may have to:

  • pay any debts left by the person who died
  • sell assets such as properties or shares
  • pay tax on any income the estate generates
  • report the estate value, income and tax liability to HM Revenue and Customs

We can help you with professional legal advice and help to deal with any estate. You should consider this if the estate has a lot of assets or includes things like trusts.

For further information on Ward Williams Services and/or advice on Probate or Wills please contact Dipesh Parmar on 01932 830664 or

About the author

Dipesh joined Ward Williams in 2017 as part of an acquisition by the firm.  He started his career in taxation in 2001 as a trainee and is ATT qualified, a qualified Probate Practitioner and a qualified member of the Society of Will Writers. 

Dipesh has experience and has been involved with all aspects of taxation dealing with a wide range of clients including taxation of limited companies.   The experience gained to date has allowed Dipesh to fully understand the needs of the client and the outcomes they are looking to achieve.  He has the ability to work and communicate effectively with people on all levels within an organisation and to communicate effectively with the firm’s external clients and appropriate bodies.