New Probate Application

I am wondering how many people have used the new probate application online? Are they finding it a quicker / Straightforward service?

I submitted the requested original will with my application the 3rd week of August. Currently it's still on the documents received (step 2). 

Personally I found it very straightforward to this point ( not sure if I'll get asked for more info when it is in review).

My case I am hoping should be relatively simple due to it being a "excepted estate" as so I've not had to submit any IHT info as everything is being passed on to surviving partner and below the relevant allowances.


  • Hi @andyalt2001 I'm at exactly the same stage/timing as you with my mums application.  Probate applied for online on 16th Aug, documents sent by courier & signed for on 17th Aug but didn't show as being received until 5th Sept. No IHT to pay here either but I needed to complete the IHT400 form plus various supplementary ones to use the RNRB and transferable allowance from previously deceased father. Sent them off to HMRC. Had letter back as acknowledgement from them that they passed the 421 summary form over to HMCTS Probate team. Very simple will - 2 daughters only. And will drawn up by solicitors and properly witnessed etc. So hoping no queries on that side of things? But nothing updated on probate status since. Not showing as 'in review' yet. No idea whether that status is updated or whether suddenly you get get the grant? If we get it by christmas i'd be happy - as the 16 weeks quoted seems a bit hit and miss. Reading online it seems that some people suggest chasing after 16 weeks - if you are able to get through on the phone.
  • BooJewels
    BooJewels Posts: 2,714
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    I did a digital Probate application earlier this year and my status went directly from documents received to Grant issued on the day that I got the email to say that it had.  I think the 'Application in review' refers to when it might be paused if they ask for more information - rather than when they're actually looking at it.

    The reason for the delay between physical receipt of the documents in the post and it saying so in the progress bar is that the docs are actually received at a third party company that scan the documents and then link them to your application at the Probate service, so that's the point where it shows as received.
  • Hi Andy I submitted my application at the end of the 2nd week of August and received an email last week to say they’d reviewed it and some info is missing. Seems HMRC forgot to upload the IHT421 form  :# (We have inheritance tax to pay)  Hopefully that means you’ll hear from them very soon
  • Just a follow on from earlier post - probate was granted on Saturday and the actual certificates received yesterday in the post (Wednesday) - so that was a surprise, was expecting it to take a week or so. 

  • pphillips
    pphillips Posts: 1,631
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    edited 25 November 2023 at 7:13PM
    Online probate application submitted 27th September.
    Documents acknowledged as received by probate office on 2nd October (it was an excepted estate and so only the original will needed to be provided).
    Currently it's on the reviewing application stage.
  • Probate just been granted (so relieved!) End of August submitted. 
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