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Probate in Northern Ireland

Probate in Northern Ireland is administered by the Northern Ireland Courts Service and follows a very similar process to that in England and Wales, but there are some important differences.

Probate may be required if the estate is worth more than £10,000, and initial enquiries and forms can be obtained from the national HMRC probate helpline on 0300 123 1072.

If there is a Will

If the deceased lived in Northern Ireland and you are named as an executor in their Will, you may apply in person by appointment at the appropriate office, and you do not have to use a solicitor. A personal application can be made at:

Probate Office
Royal Courts of Justice
Chichester Street
Belfast
BT1 3JF

If the deceased lived in Counties Fermanagh, Londonderry or Tyrone, applications can either be made in Belfast, or at:

District Probate Registry
The Courthouse
Bishop Street
Londonderry
BT48 6PY

If there is no Will

If there is no Will, a personal application can only be made if the next of kin lives in the UK. Otherwise a solicitor must be used.

To find a solicitor in Northern Ireland, visit the Law Society Northern Ireland website.

⇦ Confirmation in Scotland if the estate is small Probate on the Isle of Man ⇨

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