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HM Courts and Tribunals Services (HMCTS) have published a guide to help practitioners reduce potential errors when submitting probate applications online.
It has been confirmed that on average, over 35% of applications for probate are ‘stopped’ by HMCTS because they are missing documentation or data.
HMCTS said because of the errors, cases end up being delayed because they have stopped working on them, this causes ‘understandable frustration to applicants and professional users due to the delay it causes to your application and the process of stopping and then revisiting an application causes significant resource implications for HMCTS.’
They continued by stressing that ‘getting your application right first time reduces delay and double handling and helps streamline the application process making it quicker and more efficient for everyone.’
In order to reduce the number of cases that are ‘stopped’, HMCTS has been working with the Law Society, CILEX and Solicitors for the Elderly to investigate the situation and find solutions, as a result of the collaboration they came up with 5 top tips to ensure applications are successful.
Read more on the ‘5 Steps to a Successful Probate Application‘.