Can a caveat be removed?
A caveat only remains in place for six months unless it is renewed. The Executor can, however, also take steps to try and have it removed. To challenge a caveat, they must lodge a "Warning" at the Probate Registry. There is no fee for the Warning.
The Warning is then served on the person who entered the caveat. They will then have fourteen days to "enter an Appearance" at the Probate Registry should they wish to keep the caveat in place. There is no fee for the Appearance.
If there is a failure to enter an Appearance, an affidavit of service of the Warning needs to be lodged with the Probate Registry and then the caveat will be removed, and the Personal Representative will be able to apply for a grant. If, however, an Appearance is entered then the caveat will remain in place until the issues are resolved and the caveat is removed by consent of the parties or by Court Order.
In many cases it is removed by consent once the substantive issues are resolved or an agreed way to proceed is identified.