Probate applications increase by 12%

Research by Final Duties, a probate broker, indicates that the timeline for probate applications in the UK has stretched to 12 weeks, reflecting a 152% increase since the beginning of 2023.

Analysis of UK Government data for Q3 2023 reveals an average (median) of 12 weeks from submitting a probate application to the issuance of a grant, marking a 6.4% quarterly increase compared to Q2 2023.

The increase in probate processing time began with a significant 136% rise between Q1 and Q2 2023.

The current 12-week timeline is six weeks longer than at the start of 2023, representing a 152% increase in processing time.

Probate applications in 2023 are estimated to have increased by 5% compared to 2022, with an average annual increase of 3% since 2020.

Potential causes for delays include communication and technical issues between clients, probate professionals, and the government, as well as a shortage of His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) staff.

MPs have committed to examining the probate process and its delays, acknowledging the challenges in the system.

The probate process is complex, and delays can be minimized with the assistance of experienced probate professionals.

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