Consultation outcome

Non-contentious probate: mandating online professional applications

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Consulation response

Detail of outcome

The consultation sought views on proposals for probate applications from professional users being mandated to the online process. Responses showed that the online process is widely supported in principle, but reservations were raised on making it mandatory for all professional applications at this stage.

The government has decided to ask the President of the Family Division to amend the Non-Contentious Probate Rules to mandate the use of the online probate services by professional users for grants of probate (with a number of exceptions for particular, specialist applications), but not for grants of administration.

Original consultation


Consultation on online probate applications by professionals.

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Consultation description

A consultation paper on changing the non-contentious probate rules to make it mandatory for professional users (solicitors and other probate practitioners) to use the online process.


Consultation document

Published 10 August 2020
Last updated 2 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Welsh summary added

  2. Consultation response published.

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