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Probate Service now accepts online applications

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The Probate Service is now accepting online applications, providing applicants fulfil certain criteria.

The new service is open to those where only one executor is applying, where there is an original will available, and where the person who died considered England or Wales their home.

The online application form is not currently open to solicitors and other professionals, but this will come later in 2017, along with a broader range of probate applications in the future.

The new online application form includes a new statement of truth to declare that the information provided is correct, removing the need to swear an oath in person. The fee can also be paid online removing the need to post a cheque to the Probate Service. There is also a ‘save and return’ function allowing users to save and revisit an application if they need to find further information.

The Probate Service said the new online application form should be easier to understand but executors will still need to produce the original will and two photocopies, the death certificate, any associated inheritance tax forms and figures, plus any other supporting documents relevant to the case.

The Probate Service has also set up a Helpline for those applying online – 0300 123 1072.

See’s Probate guide for more information.

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