Here you will find information to some of the key information sources and forms needed during the preparation of documents for probate business in Northern Ireland.

Probate business in Northern Ireland is assigned to the Chancery Office within the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. About 6,000 probate applications each year are processed.

From the 30 September 2015 the Principal Registry in Belfast will manage all probate applications in Northern Ireland. You will still be able to lodge probate applications & caveats in the District Registry in Londonderry, however upon receipt these will be transferred to the Principal Registry in Belfast for processing.
You may of course choose to lodge your applications directly with the Principal Registry in Belfast in the Royal Courts of Justice in the first instance.
It is also important to note that the historical “Probate Calendar Volumes” located in Londonderry Courthouse will remain there, should anyone wish to inspect them. However, due to current restrictions you must make an appointment in advance.


Probate Business Categories

Important Changes

Non-Contentious Probate Rules - Order 97

Contentious Probate Rules - Order 76

Practice Directions and Practice Guidance Notes

Probate Textbooks

  • “Probate Practice Notes” by Margaret Aiken - published 1981(out of print)
  • “Succession Law in Northern Ireland” by Sheena Grattan - published 1996
  • “Tristram & Coote’s Probate Practice” by J Winegarten, R D’Costa & T Synak - 30th edition published 2008

Probate Fees

Personal Applications

The Probate Office will not provide the personal appointment service if the application relates to second or subsequent grants in a deceased person’s estate. If you are seeking to make such an application, you must instruct a Solicitor in this jurisdiction.

HM Revenue and Customs IHT Forms

IHT Helpline - 0300 123 1072

Website IHT

Inheritance Tax
HM Revenue and Customs

Probate Searches

Probate searches can be conducted via our Online Services page: Online Services.  A hard copy form can also be found in the 'Useful Forms' section below. 

Useful Forms

Probate in other Jurisdictions

Probate Registry Locations

Probate Office, 2nd Floor, Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street, Belfast

How to Contact the Probate Office

Tel: Belfast - 0300 200 7812  

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