Probate applications remain almost unchanged, data reveals

The waiting time for probate applications has slightly decreased  in the number of weeks from submission to grant issue for all probate applications – decreasing from 13.8 to 13.7 weeks, according to HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS).

For the 27,397 grants of probate issued in February, the average timeline from submission to grant was 13.7 weeks – showing a slight decrease from January which was 13.8, according to the data.

The waiting time is also the shortest number of weeks since July last year, which was 13.9 weeks. After this time, the waiting time seemed to keep going up – resulting in a new waiting time record of 15.8 weeks which sparked concerns within the industry.

Of the 27,397 total number of grants issued, 22,363 were digital. For non-stopped applications, the average wait was 7.8 weeks, which shows that it has decreased from 9.2 weeks in January.

For stopped digital applications, delays sat 18.6 weeks in February – a slight decrease from the previous month (19.4 weeks). This 18.6 week wait also shows the shortest wait for stopped digital applications since March of last year.

What’s more, the remaining 4,442 probate grants in February were issued via paper. The average wait between submission and grant for a paper application was 22.5 weeks, up from 22.3 in January. For stopped applications, the 32.9 week wait in February is up from the 27.9 weeks in the previous month.

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