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Solicitors must submit probate applications online from next month

Under legislation laid in parliament today, it will be mandatory for solicitors to submit probate applications online from 2nd November 2020.

Responses to the government consultation which closed on the 10th September showed that the online process is widely supported in principle, but reservations were raised on making it mandatory for all professional applications at this stage. There will be some exceptions to this for highly specialist applications where paper forms will still be accepted.  These include applications to prove a copy of a will when the original has been lost and applications for rectification of a will.

According to the Ministry of Justice, the reforms should see around three quarters of professional user applications move online. According to the latest government figures, just a third of probate applications are currently arriving in digital form.

For full details of the response to the consultation, please click here.

Whether you need probate or full estate administration, our experienced solicitors are here to help and support you.  Contact our team on 01926 491181 to find out more.


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