New legislation introduced on 27 November 2018 will hopefully speed up the process for making applications to the Probate Registry.

Fazia Hussain, a Wills and Probate lawyer at Pictons Solicitors explains “Those appointed as Personal Representatives need to make a formal application, known as applying for Probate, to the Probate Registry as part of their duties to administer the estate. Historically this process can be lengthy and a recent piece of legislation known as the Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2018 aims to tackle this. For example the new Rules no longer require Personal Representatives to swear oaths and “mark” wills which was a process requiring the representatives to attend the offices of a Solicitor other than their own and to pay a small fee. From now on the Representatives will only be required to make a Statement of Truth which hopefully will save time and some cost.

Fazia goes on to say “Administrating an Estate can be a difficult process at a difficult time and usually the Personal Representatives are not legally qualified so simplifying the process is a good thing and some would say, long overdue”

Fazia deals with all aspects of legal work relating to wills, power of attorneys and probate and has rapidly built a reputation for assisting clients during what is usually a difficult time of their lives. Fazia concludes “I enjoy my area of specialism and I look forward to seeing the impact of the new Rules on the Probate process and hope that it can make it a little easier for all involved”.

Fazia can be contacted by email or by telephone on 01442 229 670.