According to new data from the Probate Service, the number of personal applications for Grants of Representation has increased over the past three years, while applications from professionals have seen a slight decline.
The figures reveal that for 2011, 2012 and 2013 the total number of Grants of Representation was almost static at 250,000-255,000. In 2012 (latest figures available) a total of 499,331 deaths were registered in England and Wales, which suggests a Grant of Representation is required in about 50% of cases.
When it comes to the number of personal Probate applicants, figures have been on the rise since 2011, increasing to 96,594 applications in 2013. Taking into account data from previous years, the growth rate in applications from private individuals has been around 13% since 2006.
By contrast, applications from professionals went down between 2011 and 2012. Three years ago their number stood at 161,471, followed by 159,117 in 2012 and 159,198 in 2013. Earlier data suggests that between 2006 and 2010 the total number of applications by solicitors dropped by 30%.
Taken as a whole, these figures are a clear indication that the DIY trend in the market is gathering speed. Consumers are becoming more confident about making their own personal application, with flexible support from professionals like Kings Court Trust.