If you believe that a will is invalid or have concerns about the people who intend to apply for a Grant, you may wish to enter a caveat. You can do so at any time before a Grant is sealed by the Probate Registry but you must be over 18.

The effect of a caveat is that no application for a Grant can proceed until your caveat is removed or a period of six months has passed (at which point you can apply to extend your caveat for a further six months if necessary).

This can be a useful tool to buy you time to investigate your claim and try to resolve your concerns. It is always preferable to resolve such claims at this early stage.

Entering a caveat is a straightforward process. You can enter a caveat in person or through a solicitor at any Probate Registry or sub-registry. It can also be done by post. A copy of the form can be found online through the link below and the fee is currently £20:

http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/HMCTS/GetForm.do?court_forms_id=2257

However, it is always important to proceed with an air of caution. If you are later served with a warning (the procedure of which is dealt with in our blogs [insert link to blog 2]) you must be able to state your genuine grounds for entering the caveat. If you are unable to do so it may result in contentious probate proceedings being started, and a costs order being made against you by the Probate Registry.