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What does sealing a will mean

What does "sealing" a will mean?

Sep 17th, 2021

Adrian Lyon, Solicitor

The High Court has decided that Prince Philip's will should be kept private for at least the next 90 years.

Usually, a will becomes a public document once a Grant of Probate has been issued. This means that you or I could order a copy of the will of anyone for whom a Grant of Probate has been obtained, upon payment of the princely sum of £1.50. This can be done online. For example, you could download the will of Diana, Princess of Wales if you were inclined to do so.

By "sealing" the will, this means that it will not be a public document for at least the next 90 years. Instead, it will be locked away in a safe to which the President of the Family Division of the High Court holds the key. It is understood that there are around 30 Royal Wills in storage in that safe, including those of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. 

Please do get in touch with our private client team if you would like to discuss how you want your affairs handled and help you with succession planning.

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