The probate service is not used to such publicity! As well as the fiasco over the proposed fee increase Probate Registries across the country are, I understand, transferring to a new computer system to enable them to monitor and process applications, and to cope with the recently introduced digital online applications. There is likely to be a delay in dealing with probate applications while the new process beds down. Adding to the pressure is the surge in applications resulting from executors and administrators (and their professional advisers) trying to beat the fee increase. As I pointed out in a previous blog that fee increase, in any event, will not now take place on 1st April.
The old system being replaced is called Probateman – I am sure the new name will be a credit to the Government’s diversity policies!