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Delays in Processing of Probate Court Applications
There are currently significant delays in the processing of Probate Court applications which have been acknowledged by HMCTS to the Law Society in a recent consultation on the issue.
We understand that applications for deceased estates are taking up to 30 working days to process, more than twice the standard period expected for the issue of Grants. This appears to be partly due to a significant increase in applications pushed through in anticipation of the proposed implementation of the new probate fee structure mentioned in our earlier articles, exacerbated by technical issues relating to a new data management system and a spike in enquiries resulting from the delays.
Clients should be aware that this delay is likely to continue to affect applications until resourcing issues are resolved at the Court, and should be borne in mind where probate sales are underway.