Probate applications moving online

We live in a world where gradually everything is moving online and the Probate Registry has now decided the time for them is now!

On 30th September the government has responded to a recent consultation and confirmed that probate applications for professional users should be made online from 2nd November 2020. However there is a grace period whereby paper applications can still be sent in, before 30th November to allow further time for firms get ready.

The online probate service for professional users can be used for:-

  1. Probate (all types of executors)
  2. Intestacy (on behalf of a lawful spouse/civil partner or single child)
  3. Admon Will (residuary legatees and devisees in trust)
  4. Foreign domicile (if the application is for immoveable property).

There are still some exceptions which currently include:-

  • Continued paper based application for Grants of Letters of Administration (Intestacy) to be made by post or the online process
  • Defined specialist applications can still be made by post

There is no doubt that this will be a useful tool for the future, however the system isn’t entirely ‘online’ as  the original Will (and Codicil, if relevant) does still need to be sent in to the Probate Registry.  The Probate Registry has stated this process will mean Grants are issued quicker when applied for online, rather than by post.

At Clarke & Son we are set up to assist clients with applications for Grants of Probate (when there is a Will) and Grants of Letters of Administration (when there is no Will).

If you would like to review your Will or would like assistance in administering someone’s estate please contact our office 01256 320555 and we can offer you a complimentary 30 minute appointment to see me or one of my colleagues in the Wills and Estate Planning Team.

Helen Beach

Wills & Estate Planning Solicitor

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