Talbots leads the way with innovative online probate pilot scheme
Part of the Ministry of Justice's modernisation programme is the proposed introduction of an online grant of representation service, to simplify the application process and to allow for applications to be handled digitally.
Currently, the process can be lengthy and cumbersome, requiring Oaths to be sworn by clients, and papers and documentation submitted to the Probate Service - the new service aims to make applying for a grant of probate as smooth and simple as possible.
Talbots Law is one of a select number of invited law firms chosen to work with HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) Probate Reform Team to launch a pilot version of the digital service in May.
The chosen firms are spread across the country, and will take part by applying for probate online on behalf of their clients through the new digital service. This will ensure that the application is thoroughly tested, and any issues fixed before release. At the same time, it will allow for any additional functionality needed to be built into the application.
"Talbots Law are delighted to be working with the Ministry of Justice on this project, which will benefit not just Talbots' clients but the whole legal profession", says Ian Bond, Talbots Law's Head of Trusts & Estates, adding: "We pride ourselves on being agile, energised and proactive with our use of technology and this is a perfect fit to work with the Ministry of Justice".
Once the digital service is up and running, the ambition for the Ministry of Justice is for the turnaround and issuing of grants to be within seven working days.
Talbots Law's trusts & estates solicitors are happy to discuss any questions you might have about probate and administering estates - call us now on 0800 118 1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org