The Government is set to increase the current Probate fee to £273 for all applicants. Their argument being that it costs more to deal with the applications at the Probate Registry than the fees currently being charged.
However, at the same time the new online application process for obtaining a Grant of Probate has seen long delays with the public waiting as long as 12 to 14 weeks on average which according to The Law Society is completely unacceptable.
The Law Society is currently demanding significant improvements to the system and refunds for those facing such significant delays.
Obtaining a Grant of Probate is an essential part of the process of estate administration. It can be seen as the key that unlocks the deceased assets. The majority of estates will require a Grant of Probate to be obtained the only exception being for some very small estates that may be exempt. Since a Grant is necessary for any property owned by the deceased it will be required in most cases and without sight of it most financial institutions will not release the deceased`s assets.
So, any delays in the process can have significant effects on the whole process eg from delays in selling the deceased`s vacant property, to delays in paying the beneficiaries which can all add to the stress and upset for an already grieving relative and executor.
It is not just the public but also solicitors and other probate professionals who are also experiencing such delays with the new online system.
However, we are experienced legal professionals who are trained to deal with any complex legal issues, and we can ensure that all the necessary forms are completed and submitted correctly and on time to minimise any delay experienced. Please contact us if you require any assistance with applying for probate and estate administration.