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Changes to court probate process due to coronavirus

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The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is affecting all businesses and organisations across the nation; in particular, law firms are having to adapt to sudden changes to the Court systems.

The Government announced that as of Monday 30th March 2020, 89 courts across the country were closed. 

During this unprecedented public health emergency, Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunal service is one of the organisations implementing changes.  In nature, the Court system is heavily paper based and is therefore having to make significant changes to adapt to remote online based working in order to continue to provide the much needed services.

 Our Private Client team have recently been informed this week that the Probate Registry are implementing yet another change to the way in which lawyers apply to the court for probate. The court has replaced the method of submitting a “Statement of Truth” by way of applying for probate with two new application forms; one application form for a Grant of Probate (when there is a valid Will) and another application form for a Grant of Letters of Administration (when there is no valid will). The new forms will allow applications to be easily scanned and accessed remotely by homeworkers.  

The changes have been put in place to alleviate the pressure faced by the country during the current worldwide crisis.

We will continue to adapt the way we work to ensure that we can provide a high standard of service and continue to be productive and support our clients as efficiently as possible. 

If you would like to discuss how we can assist you during this difficult time our Private Client team can be contacted on  01252 907 829 and