Eastbourne Newsletter – June 2019

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Probate changes

New Style Grant of Probate

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has introduced a new style Grant of Probate to add more counter-fraud measures to this system.

The new style Grant now includes:-

  • A hologram
  • A digital seal instead of an embossed seal
  • A digital signature instead of a ‘wet’ signature
  • A telephone number for people processing the document to check its validity

The old style Grants of Probate will remain valid and whilst the original of these contained a copy of the Will the new ones no longer do so, although a copy can be requested from the Probate Registry if required.


Statement of Truth

Following changes to the Non-Contentious Probate Rules there is now no need to swear an oath before a Solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths to lead to the issue of the Grant of Probate. Instead, a Statement of Truth can be signed by the person making the application.

This will make the process simpler and these can be prepared and completed by us as part of our Probate service.

As Humphrey & Co is licensed to carry out Probate work we are now able to apply for Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration in estates.

In addition to this, we can offer advice and help on the administration of estates along with preparing estate accounts and attending to the administration period tax matters.

If you are nominated an Executor of an estate, or have recently been bereaved and require assistance on any of these aspects, then please take a look at our Probate FAQs for further information or contact a member of our Trust & Estates Support Services Team.

Link to Probate FAQs