Only 9% of probate applications issued within Government target
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Latest figures, from the Ministry of Justice, confirm that only 9% of Grants of Probate, in the last nine months, have been issued within the Government’s target of ten working-days. The average time for Grants to be issued fell from ten weeks over the summer to eight weeks in December, including those which were returned due to errors or omissions on the applications.
The delay in issuing Grants started last spring. There were problems with the Government’s software and this coincided with a spike in applications caused by a plan to increase probate fees, which was then scrapped.
Susan Ackland-Hood, Chief Executive of HM Courts & Tribunals Service, has issued assurances that closing 18 probate sub-registries last month and the programme of further planned closures, as part of the Government’s extensive modernisation programme, won’t cause any more delays in the application process.
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