HMCTS announces interim operational arrangements

Update 25 August 2020: HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has provided some further guidance in relation to submitting England and Wales probate applications in the correct format: If you have lodged an application through the online portal using your registered account you do not need to send any application forms, when you send in… Read More HMCTS announces interim operational arrangements

Online probate applications update – Oct 2019

HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) recently organised a focus group, attended by practitioners from across the industry and representatives of various professional bodies, as part of its ongoing changes to the rules and processes around probate applications in England and Wales. As Deputy Chair of STEP’s England and Wales Regional Committee, I attended the… Read More Online probate applications update – Oct 2019

OTS report supports STEP’s calls for simplification

The UK Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published its first report of its review into inheritance tax (IHT).  The report, in which STEP is widely quoted, finds that the process for completing IHT forms is too complex and old fashioned, and that too many people are having to fill them in unnecessarily. The OTS… Read More OTS report supports STEP’s calls for simplification

Government changes E&W probate procedure without consultation

This Blog was updated on 26/11/2018 – for latest developments, please see the update at the end of the article below. The government has announced amendments to the procedure for applying for probate in England and Wales, with less than a month’s notice. The Statutory Instrument (The Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2018) will come into… Read More Government changes E&W probate procedure without consultation