Probate applications: digital statement to replace oath-swearing

Those applying for probate online will be able to make a 'digital statement of truth', rather than swearing in person at a solicitor's office or probate registry, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has revealed.

The plan is to transform the probate service to introduce a new online application form for personal applicants and solicitors. The initial release will be for simple cases, such as where only one executor has been named and an original will is available.

The online service will include a declaration made by the applicant that the information provided is true at the time of submission. Changes will also include modifications to the PA1 probate application form, as outlined by HMCTS service manager, Paul Downer, in a recent blog post, which also reveals the key findings of recent probate user research.

Read more: The Law Society Gazette