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.