Probate applications online
The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace of change in the access to and provision of legal services. The process of making probate applications both by individuals and legal professionals has been changing over the last few years, especially so with the introduction of an online application portal for professionals and standardised application forms for paper applications, which are necessary for some types of applications.
Recently, the government took further steps in this modernisation process by proposing to make it mandatory for solicitors and other probate practitioners to use the online application process as opposed to a paper application.
The Ministry of Justice said it is ‘clear the process has to modernise’ and online applications would speed up processing times. ‘Our online probate services are simpler, quicker and more reliable – reducing the cost of erroneous forms and saving the taxpayer money.’
‘Mandating the process will accelerate it and encourage users to adapt and take the necessary steps for the transition while helping to achieve the savings, which HM Courts & Tribunals Service needs to deliver in fulfilling the requirements of the investment in the HMCTS reform programme,’ the consultation paper states.
At Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors we make online probate applications in all cases where this is possible. This makes the application process quicker for our clients which in turn means we can finalise the estate administration quicker.