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Probate fees from July 2019

on Aug 1, 2019 12:30:27 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Grant of Probate Probate Probate Fees
On 22 July 2019, HM Courts & Tribunals Service released revised probate fees including costs for applications and additional copies of the Grant of Representation. Although the cost of the application has not changed, any additional copies will now be charged at £1.50 per copy, rather than the 50p that was previously charged.
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Probate applications continue to suffer severe delays

Back in May 2019, we wrote about how probate registries in England and Wales were suffering from processing delays on Grant of Probate and Grant of Letter of Administration applications. We’re now a couple of months down the line and the backlog continues. Therefore, we wanted to provide our clients and business partners with another update.
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Probate applications suffer severe processing delays

Probate Registries in England and Wales are currently reporting severe delays on Grant of Probate and Grant of Letter of Administration applications. Due to the rollout of a new IT case management system, the process has been dramatically slowed down. This means that it’s taking longer for the Registries to process applications for Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration.  
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HM Courts and Tribunals Service centralisation plan to include closing probate registries

on Apr 24, 2019 2:02:44 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Grant of Probate Probate
According to the Law Society Gazette, the Ministry of Justice plans to close local probate registries and move the work to just one central location in Birmingham. Currently, there are ten remaining regional probate registries in England and Wales and staff have reportedly been informed of plans to scale back operations and shut down the sites in due course.
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HM Courts & Tribunals Service expands online probate application service

on Jan 30, 2019 12:54:30 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Grant of Probate Probate
On 17th January 2019, HM Courts & Tribunals Service announced that their online service for probate applications would be expanded to make applying for probate simpler and easier. It is claimed that this updated service will enable people applying for probate to do so from the comfort of their own home. The system allows up to four joint Executors to apply, pay and even swear a statement of truth online. This reduces the need for Executors to visit a probate registry or solicitor’s office.
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Latest Figures Show Rise in Personal Probate Applications

on Apr 28, 2014 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Grant of Probate Probate
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.
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Probate Fees Increase from 22 April

on Apr 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Grant of Probate Probate Probate Fees
Probate Registry fees are set to rise from 22 April 2014. All Grant applications received from this date onwards will be subject to the new fees.
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What is Probate?

Understanding Probate & Estate Administration
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DIYers - Beware of Tax Penalties for Innacuracy

Grace Li is Tax Manager at Kings Court Trust and explains what it means to be the Personal Representative of someone’s estate and what you should be aware of when it comes to submitting Inheritance Tax (IHT) forms and other documents to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
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