Online PA1P application asking for email address of executors, one doesn’t have one

longwalks1 Forumite Posts: 3,619
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We are currently preparing to complete PA1P probate application online and one of the 3 executors (older brother) doesn’t have an email address or use computers.

the online form asks for the email and phone number of each executor, so at present we are stuck.  Any suggestions as to what we should do please, as it we can’t progress the application until an email address is entered?

thank you everyone in advance 
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  • kuratowski
    kuratowski Forumite Posts: 1,380
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    Without access to email and a computer, the older brother won't be able to make the declaration online, which means you'll be unable to complete the probate application.

    A solution is to submit an application on paper; just be warned, paper applications take longer to process.

    An alternative solution is for the older brother to reserve powers, or renounce executorship.
  • JGB1955
    JGB1955 Forumite Posts: 3,315
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    You could set up a 'throwaway' email address using gmail.  Does he have a smart phone? 
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  • longwalks1
    longwalks1 Forumite Posts: 3,619
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    thank you thank you both.  We are trying to avoid a paper application for that very reason, longer probate times and the possibility it ends up sat on a desk somewhere gathering dust.

    I think we will ask older brothers partner to create him an email address just for this purpose.  He’s very old skool and isn’t a fan of technology/concerned about online safety, but we’ll have to explain it’s purely for the application 

    thanks again both for your help 
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  • Keep_pedalling
    Keep_pedalling Forumite Posts: 14,761
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    He could always reserve his powers leaving you and the other executor to handle things.
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