Privacy policy

This privacy policy explains why we collect your personal data and what we do with it. It also explains your rights and how to enforce them.

Who manages this service

This service is managed by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), which is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

The MoJ is known as the data controller for data protection purposes. The MoJ personal information charter (opens in a new window) explains how the MoJ processes personal data.

As part of the MoJ, HMCTS is responsible for deciding how your personal data is used and for protecting the personal data you provide.

More information about using this service is in the terms and conditions.

Why we collect your personal data

We collect your personal data to:

  • process your application
  • meet legal requirements
  • make improvements to this service

Our staff use your personal data to process your application. They work in the UK and your data is stored in the UK.

The personal data we collect

When you use the apply for probate service we ask for:

  • your name, and any other names you are known as
  • your email address
  • your phone number
  • your address
  • the names of any executors of the will
  • contact details for all of the executors who are applying for probate

Using your data

As part of your application you’ll be asked to use your email address to set up an account. You will be able to use this email address and password to sign into other HMCTS services.

We may ask for your permission to use your email address to send you emails using GOV.UK Notify. This system processes emails only within the European Economic Area until the point where emails are handed over to the email provider you use.

We use cookies to collect data that tells us about how you’re using this service, including:

  • if you open an email from us or click on a link in an email
  • your computer, phone or tablet’s IP address
  • the region or town where you are using your computer, phone or tablet
  • the web browser you use

Storing your data

When you use this service you’ll be asked to use your email address to set up an account. You can use this email address and password to sign into other HMCTS services.

Before you submit your information

Information you enter in the apply for probate service is saved until you decide to submit it. This allows you to save what you are doing and continue later. Saved information that you do not submit will be deleted after 90 days.

After you submit your information

Information you enter in the apply for probate service will be stored for 50 years and then deleted. Wills and grants of probate can be accessed as public records. Grants of probate do not include email addresses and telephone numbers, but they do include addresses.

Sharing your data

While processing your application, another government department, agency or organisation might be involved and we may share your data with them.

If you contact us and ask for help with a service you are using, your personal data may be shared with the Good Things Foundation (opens in a new window). This is a company who we have partnered with to offer face to face support.

In some circumstances we may share your data. For example, to prevent or detect crime, or to produce anonymised statistics.

We use Google Analytics to collect data about how a website is used. This anonymous data is shared with Google. Find out about this in our terms and conditions.

Storing and sharing your data internationally

Sometimes we need to send your personal information outside of the UK. When we do this we comply with data protection law.

Your rights

You can ask:

  • to see the personal data that we hold on you
  • to have the personal data corrected
  • to have the personal data removed or deleted (this will depend on the circumstances, for example if you decide not to continue your application)
  • that access to the personal data is restricted (for example, you can ask to have your data stored for longer and not automatically deleted)

If you want to see the personal data that we hold on you, you can:

You can ask for more information about:

  • agreements we have on sharing information with other organisations
  • when we are allowed to pass on personal information without telling you
  • our instructions to staff on how to collect, use or delete your personal information
  • how we check that the information we hold is accurate and up-to-date

You can contact the MoJ data protection officer by:

  • writing to us: The Data Protection Officer, Ministry of Justice, 3rd Floor, Post point 10.38, 10 South Colonnades, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4PU
  • emailing:

How to complain

See our complaints procedure (opens in a new window) if you want to complain about how we’ve handled your personal data.

Write to: Post point 10.38, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ


You can also complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (opens in a new window) if you’re not satisfied with our response or believe we are not processing your personal data lawfully.