The latest timescale published by the Government is advising that it can take up to 16 weeks for a Grant of Probate to be issued by the Probate Registry once an application has been made. This timescale has doubled from the period of 8 weeks which had been advised in the later part of 2022.

Whilst most of the Probate application submitted by our Wills Trusts & Probate department can be done online, there are still certain applications which have to be made using the ‘paper application process’. Where paper applications are required, this will generally result in a longer delay in obtaining the final Grant of Probate. Recent advice given by case handlers at the Probate Registry indicates that they are currently dealing with Probate Registry applications submitted six months ago.

This backlog means that, unfortunately, Executors and the families of the deceased are stuck in a limbo period. Until the Grant of probate has been issued, certain assets cannot be dealt with. This includes the transfer or sale of properties.

Instructing a solicitor with expertise in dealing with estates of all sizes and values, and with experience in dealing with the forms and requirements to apply for Probate may help the application to be submitted sooner, starting the clock on the waiting period.

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The contents of this post do not constitute legal advice and are provided for general information purposes only