New online probate application services have above 90% approval rating

In its first 12 months, a new online service to grant of probate applications has received a 92% satisfaction rating. This is based on the data collected by HM Courts and Tribunal Service.

In July 2019, the new system was implemented to streamline the application process which are now dealt with at a central office in the Birmingham Courts and Tribunal Service Centre. This is part of the £1 billion reformation of the UK courts and tribunal services.

Probate is the process by which a person’s estate is administered after they die. It is usually carried out by a spouse, a son or daughter or a close relative with the help of a solicitor. It’s a very important role because everything must be done according to the law and in accordance with the wishes of the deceased.

There are many factors involved in the process including the will of the deceased. This alone changes the approach that is taken if a will exists.

In the majority of the cases, probate or letters of administration are necessary. Exceptions to this are if the estate is at a value of less that £15,000 or jointly owned and therefore passing directly to the surviving spouse. We will able to advise you of this.

Probate will action the deceased’s wishes, calculate the value of their estate and confirm the amount of Inheritance Tax, if applicable.

If your Inheritance Tax liability is inaccurate, you can be faces with penalties, and some tax will be due prior to a probate application being granted.

If you would like advice about making a will or applying for probate please contact us.