From Monday 18 May, the Probate Registry will only accept the new style probate application forms which are to replace Statements of Truth.
The forms are arguably more convoluted and require additional information that was not previously required in the Statement of Truth.
There are currently significant delays at the Probate Registry and failure to provide the new form upon application will be rejected with a request for the new form to be submitted.
HM Courts and Tribunal Service have commented that electronic and typed signatures will be accepted which, in the current time of crisis, could assist in speeding up the signing process, particularly where there are multiple personal representatives apply for a grant of representation.
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Updated Grants Of Representation Compulsory From Monday. The eight-week introductory period for the new standard grant of representation application forms will lapse from Monday May 18. Any probate application using outdated methods involving a ‘statement of truth’ will now face delays as their forms, including the old statement of truth, ‘will be returned with a request for the appropriate new form.’