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What is the Purpose of a Caveat?

A caveat is a legal document which prevents the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration being issued by a Probate Registry, usually where there is a concern as to the validity of a will.

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In relation to probate, a caveat is a notice that certain actions cannot be taken without the person who has placed the caveat (the caveator) being informed.

The purpose of putting a caveat in place is to prevent any administrative actions being taken until any disputes are resolved.

If you believe there are grounds to contest a will or are unsure and would like some advice from one of our specialist dispute resolution team members call us for a no obligation telephone consultation on 01234 358080 (option 2) or email us at and one of our team will get back to you.

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Probate Caveat A probate caveat can benefit you by temporarily stopping the issue of a Grant of Probate, giving you time to investigate and take legal action if necessary. Call Premier Solicitors

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Grounds to contest a will may include the following:

A Caveat remains in force from six months from the date that it is entered (put in place) and in the month before it is due to expire a request can be made to the Probate Registry to extend it for a further period of six months.

So how long does it take to remove a caveat?

It can be a surprise to an Executor or Administrator to find out that a Caveat has been lodged against an Estate as no notice has to be given when the Caveat is issued. There are specific steps that need to be taken to have a Caveat removed and our specialist dispute resolutions team will be able to provide help and advise you further on this.

Call us today for a no obligation telephone consultation on 01234 358080 (option 2) or email us at and one of our team will get back to you.

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