Warning that English wills may not be valid in Scotland
Legal professionals across the UK have seen a marked increase in estate planning instructions from existing and new clients during…More
HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has announced its latest measures designed to help legal professionals make probate applications.
Commenting on the developments, Ian Bond, chair of the Law Society Wills and Equity Committee, said: “The Law Society welcomes the publication of the registrars’ annotated forms which arose from helpful discussions between the Registrars and the Law Society, STEP [the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners] and SFE [Solicitors for the Elderly]. The annotated forms alongside the FAQs are a real help to the solicitor profession in making paper applications for grants of representation.”
Mr Bond added that it was “encouraging” to see a steady increase in the number of professionals using the online application system, which he predicts will become “the default method of applying for grants of representation”.
By using the online service, it is possible to monitor the stages of an application without telephoning HMCTS and to receive notifications of any issues as they arise.
In addition, HMCTS has announced it is looking for volunteers, both those who have already used the online probate service and those who are considering registering, to provide feedback on the service.
Tribunal officials say they are keen to find out more about the people who are entering the information, and what their experience has been like. They predict interviews will take around one hour.
Anybody who is interested in taking part should email firstname.lastname@example.org.