Government scraps controversial probate fee plans
The government has ditched controversial plans to increase probate fees that were first unveiled by Theresa May’s administration in 2016….More
All legal professionals will now be able to access online probate services, as part of a national trial being rolled out by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).
The trial, which launched on 1 October, allows lawyers and probate practitioners to set up an account from which they can make online applications for probate, intestacy or grants of representation.
Chair of the Law Society’s wills and equity committee Ian Bond said that his firm, Talbots Law, has been part of the project since its launch earlier this year as a limited pilot accessible to just a few law firms.
He commented: “The digitisation of the process means that in most uncontested applications the online service has made the system much easier for our solicitors and a better experience for our clients. While the online system started with applications where a will existed, it has developed and will continue to be developed to cover a broader range of applications in the future.”
The online probate system was introduced as part of HMCTS £1bn court reform programme, however it has been plagued by reports of delays and complaints of lack of communication from probate offices.