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HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has warned practitioners that due to the pressures of COVID-19 there may be delays in the granting of probate and issued advice on how to ensure a smooth application process. The past 12 months have seen delays in the granting of probate, and sadly as the death toll from COVID-19 rises the system is likely to be put under renewed pressure. HMCTS has reassured ICAEW that most of its staff can work from home but inevitably there will still be some delays and not all grants will be issued within the normal four-week timescale. They have also assured that they are looking at ways to speed up procedures generally. In the meantime, they have advised ICAEW of the following:
For new applications by professional practitioners
For existing applications by professional practitioners
See also: New application forms