If you are having problems getting your Probate application through, you are not alone. There have been delays since March this year, due to nationwide process changes, for anyone trying to receive a Grant of Probate. HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) predict it will take between 6 and 8 weeks for them to process the bulk of an application, but the reality is that some applications are taking up to 12 weeks. Although these delays can be frustrating, it is worth keeping in mind that HMCTS may not be the only ones whose process isn’t quite up to scratch.
In some cases, to complete Probate, the executors or administrators need to submit an IHT400 Return to HMRC. HMRC then need to stamp the form and return it to the relevant Probate Office. However, HMRC is overlooking these forms amongst the rest of their workload; preventing Probate from being completed.
To minimise disruption, HMCTS have requested that they are only chased for updates if 8 weeks have passed. However, if your case involves an IHT400 Form, it may cut down your waiting time if you pre-emptively call HMRC to make sure they have received it and are processing it accordingly.
If we are dealing with the Probate process for you then rest assured that we are trying to get things progressed as quickly as possible, but do be aware that unfortunately, we don’t get any special treatment with HMRC or HMCTS and, sadly, will be subject to the same delays as everyone else.
Thankfully, there is light at the end of the tunnel, as assurances have been made that the backlog is gradually decreasing, with 45,000 Grants of Probate being issued since 25th March this year. Hopefully, turnaround times will slowly decrease to a more reasonable level.
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