Grant of Probate delays – update

July 11, 2019

We are aware that many of our members are experiencing ongoing delays with applications for a Grant of Probate. In some cases this is taking up to 12 weeks, rather than the week to ten days which used to be the case.

We have spoken with HMCTS and they have assured us that they are doing all they can to cope with the backlog, including employing 30 extra members of staff, and taking additional legal advice to help with the authorisation of grants.

The reasons that HMCTS are experiencing these issues is due to a sharp rise in applications for a Grant of Probate in March and April of this year, as well as the introduction of a new case management system, which required staff training and therefore caused further delays.

HMCTS is aware of the impact that these delays are having on charities, including our members, and as a result are prioritising this work and have told us that they hope to catch up with the backlog by the end of August, if not sooner.

ILM will continue to speak with HMCTS on this issue to ensure that these deadlines are being met, and that our members will soon see an end to these issues.

By Institute of Legacy Management


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