Online probate applications now accepted

laptopThe Probate Service is now accepting online applications from personal applicants, provided:

  • only one executor is applying
  • there is an original will available and the person who died did not leave an update to the will (codicil)
  • the person who has died classed England and Wales as their permanent home, or intended to return to England and Wales to live permanently

What the new online application provides

  • a new statement of truth to declare that the information provided is correct, which removes the need for you to swear an oath in person
  • the function to pay the fee online, removing the need to post a cheque to the Probate Service
  • a ‘save and return’ function allows you to save and revisit an application if you need to find further information before later completing

Online applications will be extended for solicitors and other professionals to apply later in 2017.

What is required in order to submit an online application?

The online application form is easier to understand, but you will still be required to provide supporting documents, which are:

  • the original will and two photocopies
  • the death certificate
  • the associated inheritance tax forms and figures
  • any other supporting documents relevant to the case (eg a renunciation form)

Read more, or call the inheritance tax and probate helpline on 0300 123 1072.