Probate applications on the rise…. as the court battles with backlog

The number of probate applications are increasing with data showing a 3 per cent rise each year since 2020, analysis by Final Duties has revealed.  Jack Gill said: “The thing that catches most people out is the complexity of the probate process. It is a long, arduous journey full of pitfalls which, if fallen foul of, can result in big delays, additional costs, and even a reduction in the final value of the estate”

While the number of applications has increased, there is currently a delay in the number of grants being issued. The number of grants issued by the Probate Registry is below the number of applications received creating a backlog of over 40,000 cases. 

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