Following on from our blog on what is causing the delays for probate applications , we are pleased to share the good news that delay is over.
This news comes after months of complaints about delays in Grants being issued. Probate registries in England and Wales were suffering from a severe backlog after issues with their new case management system, as well as increases in applications due to the uncertainty surrounding probate fees rising.
From the 1st October 2019, legal professionals can now use an online service to apply for probate in England and Wales. In most cases, professionals can apply online for a Grant of Probate when there is a Will or Letters of Administration where the deceased has died without leaving a Will (intestacy).
Until recently, the online system has only been made available to members of the public. For professional use, over 50 firms have taken part in the development of this service using real cases to test and provide feedback on the system.
The new system is expected to reduce the administrative burden and make it easier to apply thereby simplifying our services to you as regards probate applications though in some complex cases, such as where the deceased was domiciled abroad or where an Executor has lost capacity, paper applications will still be the only option.
How can we help?
Dealing with the administration of a loved one’s estate can be complicated. If you need advice, Jackson Longe Solicitors can help. We offer specialist advice on a wide range of probate matters. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience and so you can be certain you are getting the best advice. Get in touch with our expert probate lawyers for a consultation.
You can also call us on 0208 332 2069 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org