• February 29, 2024
 Practitioners urged to use probate application guide to reduce errors

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Practitioners urged to use probate application guide to reduce errors

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‘.


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.