The implementation of a new IT system which makes it possible to submit probate applications online has been causing significant delays. The Ministry of Justice has stated that there have been problems both with the Probate Registry’s new software, and also their printing systems.
When an application is submitted for probate, the usual turnaround time is 2 weeks. However, the recent delays have seen applications taking up to 15 weeks to be processed.
The Law Society, along with The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors For The Elderly (SFE) have been routinely meeting with HMCTS to review matters, with the last review being held on 10 September 2019.
If you have concerns about an estate which involves you or your family, or have any questions about obtaining a Grant of Probate, please contact our team of experienced private client lawyers on 01443 450561 who will be able to guide you through the process as swiftly as possible.