Grant of Probate Waiting Time – Update from the Probate Registry
Like everything else, grant of probate applications have been hugely affected by the Covid Pandemic. In our experience, there has been a definite improvement since October last year, but according to a recent article published by the Law Society Gazette, the waiting time for straightforward applications does appear to be “stuck at 7 weeks”. The report also suggests that if the case has been ‘stopped’ for any reason, perhaps where the Probate Registry have asked for additional information, it will take an average of 12 weeks for the Grant to be issued.
Where an estate is more complex, solicitors are not allowed to submit applications online until 20 working days (4 weeks) after the Inheritance Tax forms have been submitted to HMRC. Once all relevant paperwork is received, the Probate Registry guidelines suggest that they will need a further 8 weeks to review and issue the application. This suggests that it will take around 12 weeks for the Grant to be issued.
Click here to read the full Law Society Gazette article.
Here at Jobling Gowler we will continue to do all we can to make sure that applications are submitted as promptly as possible.
Losing a loved one can be overwhelming, especially so if you have been entrusted to act as an Executor. If you or a family member needs help with a Grant of Probate application or with the entire process of estate administration, please do not hesitate to contact our expert Probate Solicitors on 01625 614 250.