The Ministry of Justice plans to close local probate registries and move the work to just one central location in Birmingham. Currently, there are ten remaining regional probate registries in England and Wales and staff have reportedly been informed of plans to scale back operations and shut down the sites in due course.
Supposedly, the plan is to eventually move all probate services to Birmingham’s Courts and Tribunals Service Centre.
The Law Society Gazette shared how “A spokesperson for HM Courts & Tribunals Service said that no staff have been put on notice of redundancy and the department is ‘working hard to ensure it stays that way’.”
The anticipated closures come as part of HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMCTS) £1 billion Reform Programme which “aims to bring new technology and modern ways of working to the way justice is administered”.
Applying for probate is just one small part of handling an individual’s affairs after they’ve passed away. This process is known as estate administration. The Executor(s) or Administrator must also deal with all their assets (including property, personal possessions, bank accounts and shares), paying any debts, Inheritance Tax and Income Tax, and transferring inheritance to the beneficiaries.
Amba Legal Services have the expertise to advise on any situation. If you have any questions about the estate administration process, call us now on 01299 251442.