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The Law Society - Conveyancing

24

May

2019

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.

 

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Please note that our physical offices are open with limited staff on each site, but appointments and visitors will only be by arrangement in limited circumstances to ensure the safety of our staff and clients.

 

When attending our offices, please respect social distancing rules and use hand sanitizer provided.  You will be asked to stand at a safe distance from our staff at all times.

Please do not attend our offices if you or anyone in your household is currently experiencing symptoms of COVID19 or has tested positive for the disease in the last 14 days.

 

We shall be working remotely wherever this is possible and we will have access to our emails which is currently the best form of communication.

 

Meetings will be held in the first instance by telephone, and your solicitor will discuss with you any arrangements relating to ID or signature of documents. If you have any questions please direct these to your solicitor in the first instance or by email to law@pwjsolicitors.co.uk.

 

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