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15th April 2020

COVID-19 creates inheritance delays for bereaved families

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The Coronavirus pandemic has forced HM Courts & Tribunals Service to close some courts and reduce the services it is offering to the public. This has included a halt to the staffing of some Probate Registry telephone lines and further delays in probate applications being processed. When a person dies, it is usually necessary for an application to be made to the Probate Registry to obtain a document called a grant of representation. It is this document that enables the deceased person’s assets to be collected in and passed to their loved ones.

These additional delays at the Probate Registry will create uncertainty for bereaved families and slow down their access to funds at a time when the inheritance might be needed urgently.

If you need help administering an estate efficiently and to obtain the grant of representation as swiftly as possible, please contact Kerri Woodrow on 01604 463350 or click here to email.