Firstly, you must be registered as either an individual, or organisational notice placer in order to place notices online in The Gazette. If you are currently logged in as a researcher, you will not be able to place notices under this account. To register as a notice placer, please click here (Please note that you will need to register using a different email address).
- Before you begin: you must have obtained at least one of the following: grant of probate, letter of administration or death certificate.
- Consider your options: see our price list to find the cost of placing a notice. We also offer a forwarding service, which replaces your address with The Gazette's postal box, so we can forward all correspondence to you while your address stays private. You can also submit your newspaper advertisement through The Gazette. We offer a simple flat rate to place your advertisement in a newspaper that is local to the deceased. You will be provided with a PDF copy of your newspaper advert. You can also buy a pdf or printed copy of your notice, if required. These options can be selected as you place your notice.
- Once you are ready to place a notice: register or sign in, and then go to 'Place a notice' from the 'My Gazette' dropdown.
- Complete the form: select which Gazette edition, then 'Personal Legal' and 'Deceased Estates', and fill out the remaining fields, including uploading the required documentation.
- Submit your notice and check out.
As an executor of a will, one of your responsibilities is to deal with any claims against the deceased’s estate.
After you have received grant of representation (grant of probate), it is recommended that you put a statutory advertisement (under the Trustee Act 1925 for England, or the Trustee Act 1958 in Northern Ireland) in The Gazette and a local newspaper.
Placing a Section 27 notice ensures that sufficient effort has been made to locate creditors before distributing the estate to beneficiaries, which protects the executor or trustee from being liable for any unidentified creditors.
Should a notice not be placed, and a creditor subsequently comes forward after the estate has been distributed, then you may have some personal liability for an unidentified debt. If the estate includes a property, a notice should also be put in a newspaper that is local to the property.
There is a legal minimum requirement for a claims period of 2 months and 1 day from the date of publication, during which creditors should contact executors to make their claim.
See our probate checklist for how to manage the probate process and finalise an estate.