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Place deceased estates notices in The Gazette

As an executor of a will you want to do the very best for your clients, so it makes financial sense to protect them and yourself from unknown creditors by placing a deceased estates notice in The Gazette

Individual digital footprints are growing, leaving uncertainty about outstanding hidden debts and creditors. Deceased estates notice placement (also known as a Section 27 of the Trustee Act 1925 notice) allows you to advertise for any unknown creditors or beneficiaries to come forward and make a claim against the estate.

The Gazette is the UK’s official public record, which is recognised legally as giving notice to all persons under the Documentary Evidence Act 1882 and therefore offers protection after the estate has been distributed.

Placing notices

  • Create an account as an authorised notice placer and you can place a notice using our online form for convenience
  • Use our PO Box address if you’d like to retain anonymity – all post will be forwarded on to you
  • The Gazette can also arrange a local newspaper advert for added peace of mind
  • Multiple notices can be uploaded at the same time if required

Find out more information on how to place a deceased notice on The Gazette website and watch our video below.

Missing wills/next of kin notices

It is also possible to place next of kin notices in The Gazette, which can assist with searching for beneficiaries when the deceased has not left a will. To place a next of kin notice please contact us. Our customer services team is on hand to provide assistance on 0333 200 2434.


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The Gazette offers a £50 gift card prize draw for

The Gazette, the UK’s official public record, is looking for probate solicitors to take part in a survey, and respondents could win a £50 John Lewis Gift Card. The survey helps The Gazette to improve its deceased estate notice placement service, and better understand the core decision-making process for notice placement. Claudia Owen, Research Manager […]Read More


Win a £100 John Lewis gift card

The Gazette – Probate Survey The Gazette are interested to hear the thoughts of Today’s Wills and Probate readers, around the placement of deceased estates notices, and have compiled a short survey. The survey should take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete, and as a thank you there is a free prize draw to win a £100 […]Read More

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Find unclaimed estates in The Gazette

When someone dies with no will or known family, their property passes to the Crown as ownerless property (bona vacantia). This can be any type of property, such as buildings, money or personal possessions. Without knowing, relatives could be entitled to a share of their deceased relative’s property (estate). The Government Legal Department (GLD) began […]Read More


Rise in executors protecting themselves from creditors

The number of notices placed in order to protect executors of deceased estates from unknown creditors is rising. Since 2013, deceased estates notice placement in The Gazette has increased by 3%, a significant step change, having remained static for a number of years. In 2013, 28,329 deceased estates notices were placed in The Gazette. This […]Read More


The Gazette to hold focus groups for the probate sector

The Gazette team is inviting legal professionals in the probate sector to take part in one of a number of focus groups being held across England. The focus groups will concentrate on probate-related matters, specifically on placing deceased estate notices in The Gazette, and how The Gazette could improve its services to the probate sector. The […]Read More