Grant of probate
You must provide the following documents for an application for probate.
You may need to provide additional information in some cases by filing further affidavit material. All applications and affidavits must be typed, not handwritten.
Note: Follow the five steps to applying for a grant of probate.
- original will and two clear photocopies of the original last will (one copy attached to the affidavit below)*
- affidavit in support
- a clear photocopy of the original last will
- an original death certificate issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The death certificate will not be returned after the grant is issued. Do NOT file a photocopy certified by a JP or legal practitioner. The certificate you file must be the one issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- exhibit clause on Form 47 - Certificate of exhibit
- affidavit of publication and service
* Do not attach the will to any other document. The original will is not to be marked in any way. Never use staples, pins, paperclips or piercing clips. If a will has any signs of tampering or damage, e.g. staple holes, rust marks etc., file a Form 111 - Affidavit of plight to explain why.
Note: The original death certificate, original will and codicil (a supplementary document executed in the same way as a will that explains, modifies, alters or confirms a will previously made) are filed documents and retained by the registry. They stay on file and CANNOT be returned upon completion. If you require another death certificate you will need to purchase one from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.