HMCTS Update: clients won’t need to sign the Statement of Truth

HMCTS Update: clients won’t need to sign the Statement of Truth

By the end of the 2021 Wills and Probate practitioners will no longer have to require their clients to sign the Statement of Truth when applying for a grant under new probate rules.

HM Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS) have been working with numerous stakeholders in the sector, such as the Law Society, Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Solicitors for the Elderly and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) to provide a simpler, digital way for members of the public and probate professionals to apply for probate.

The online service reduces the cost and time of processing applications for probate advisers and is available through MyHMCTS. Looking ahead in 2021, in addition to removing the need for solicitors to have their clients sign the Statement of Truth, HMCTS have confirmed what the service will provide by the end of year as follows:

  • accept digital applications by Trust Corporations
  • improve GOV.UK information about applying for probate
  • streamline processes between HMCTS and HMRC when accounting for Inheritance Tax form IHT421
  • maintain assistance for people who aren’t comfortable using a computer, through our Digital Support service

HMCTS Probate Online Update Services here.

Toni Ryder-McMullin

Toni is the Media Officer for Today’s Conveyancer, Today’s Wills & Probate and Today's Family Lawyer.

I worked for a law firm for 16 years, during my time at the firm I worked as a company commercial legal secretary for 7 years but changed careers and moved into marketing for the remaining 9 years – where I covered all aspects of marketing.

While in the marketing role, I achieved a CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing and CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing.