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Backlog of applications for a Grant of Probate are announced

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The Government announces longer than usual delays in processing applications for a 'Grant of Probate' - Why?

The Roll out of new software at probate registries across England and Wales has caused long delays to obtaining grants of probate and letters of administration, leaving clients in financial limbo, solicitors have told the Gazette.

Applications are usually processed within 10 days and sometimes one week. A Ministry of Justice (MoJ) spokesperson told the Gazette that some delays ‘of up to four weeks’ have been experienced as a result of transitioning to a new IT system. Some practitioners have said they have been waiting six to eight weeks.

The software, which the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has described as a new case management system, was installed at the end of March. Problems have also been reported with printers at local registries.

Our solicitors are experiencing unusually long delays, our Paul Olubiyi stated that he is waiting on several applications which is incredibly frustrating for him and his clients. 

Paul states, "The delay is totally out of our hands being able only to periodically chase for a response for our clients". 

If you need assistance with an application for a Grant of Probate then please do not hesitate to contact one of our Wills and Probate Team.

For details of the full article in the Law Gazette please click here