Probate service faring well during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Probate service faring well during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The Law Society has released an update on how the probate service is faring during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has assured the Law Society that probate is issuing as many grants per week as they had been doing previously. The deadline for transitioning to new application forms is Monday 18 May 2020. Once this deadline has passed, HMCTS intends to reject statements of truth as they will be unable to bulk scan the old version of the forms. HMCTS has noted a slight increase in legal professionals using the online service to submit digital applications and encourages this approach.

To manage a potential surge in applications in the near future, due to an increased number of deaths resulting from coronavirus as well as demand from legal professionals who have been unable to work as they normally would, staff members who previously dealt with court hearings, have been trained to deal with probate applications. They may also increase further recruitment to assist with this likely surge.

Source: Reviewing the probate service in light of Covid-19

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