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    • Jo101
    • By Jo101 13th Jul 18, 12:42 PM
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    Timeline for obtaining Grant of Probate
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    • 13th Jul 18, 12:42 PM
    Timeline for obtaining Grant of Probate 13th Jul 18 at 12:42 PM
    Here is the timeline for how long it took to obtain the grant, in my case.

    18 June 2018 Sent off completed probate forms to London Probate Department, High Holborn

    04 July 2018 Received oath and took it to a solicitor's office for swearing and signing

    05 July 2018 Sent oath back to London Probate Department, High Holborn

    13 July 2018 Received Grant of Probate
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    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 13th Jul 18, 1:30 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 1:30 PM
    Mine was similar, 2-3 weeks from delivery of forms to receiving oath, less than 2 weeks after swearing oath (done at the Winchester probate offices)
    • Margot123
    • By Margot123 13th Jul 18, 2:27 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 2:27 PM
    It also would be interesting to see how much the longer timelines are when there is more than one executor wishing to act.
    • Jo101
    • By Jo101 13th Jul 18, 2:32 PM
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    Margot123 Just to add, there were 2 executors in my case (myself and my father).
    • badger09
    • By badger09 13th Jul 18, 3:48 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 3:48 PM
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    • 13th Jul 18, 3:48 PM
    Here's mine (co-executor reserved):

    21st May Probate application & IHT 400 etc posted to Birmingham Registry & HMRC

    8th June phone call to HMRC confirmed IHT 421 (0 IHT due) electronically to Birmingham 6th June

    15th June, I persuaded Birmingham to email me the oath but then couldn't get appointment with solicitor until 2 July (I was away then solicitor was away)

    2 July Oath sworn & posted to Birmingham

    13 July Grant of Probate received
    • redpete
    • By redpete 14th Jul 18, 3:29 PM
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    • 14th Jul 18, 3:29 PM
    22nd June started onine process for IHT and Probate submissions. 2 executors' details submitted, 2 others notified as holding reserved rights, no IHT due.

    30th June posted signed copies of will and death cert.

    12th July received Grant of Representation.
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    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 14th Jul 18, 4:32 PM
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    • 14th Jul 18, 4:32 PM
    I'm not sure of the exact dates but it was six weeks between filling in the online form and receiving the grant. I went to Bristol probate office. As long as the estate is not complicated and you have a reasonable level of education it really is a lot easier than people imagine.
    • Margot123
    • By Margot123 14th Jul 18, 6:04 PM
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    • 14th Jul 18, 6:04 PM
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    • 14th Jul 18, 6:04 PM
    Is the oath now done online?
    I had heard this was being mooted, and would save a considerable amount of time.
    • lulu650
    • By lulu650 15th Jul 18, 10:09 AM
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    • 15th Jul 18, 10:09 AM
    Both myself and brother were named executors on a family member's will. Brother took on all probate work and sorting through any paperwork. Myself and husband took on a lot of clearing the house and all necessary repairs prior to selling.

    Probate took just over 4 weeks around 3 years ago.
    Last edited by lulu650; 15-07-2018 at 10:16 AM.
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    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 15th Jul 18, 10:46 AM
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    Is the oath now done online?
    I had heard this was being mooted, and would save a considerable amount of time.
    Originally posted by Margot123

    Looks like they are starting this as part of a fully online service.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/personal-applicants-can-now-apply-for-probate-online

    Sounds like you initially have to talk it through with the helpline to be allowed to do it
    • Margot123
    • By Margot123 15th Jul 18, 2:25 PM
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    Looks like they are starting this as part of a fully online service.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/personal-applicants-can-now-apply-for-probate-online

    Sounds like you initially have to talk it through with the helpline to be allowed to do it
    Originally posted by Flugelhorn
    It's a good idea as sometimes just getting the appointment to swear the oath can take weeks. I recall, on one occasion, it took me nearly 3 weeks as the only local 'commissioner of oaths' was on his summer holidays.
    • chiny
    • By chiny 18th Jul 18, 4:54 PM
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    I went to Bristol probate office.
    Originally posted by Hermia
    This was a while back ? I've been told that it was flooded a year ago and is still out of action.

    I had to use the Cardiff office and although they only took the few weeks that others report, they found fault with the will and I had to get that sorted with the will-writing solicitor and another 6 weeks passed. Interest on the IHT...
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 18th Jul 18, 10:22 PM
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    This was a while back ? I've been told that it was flooded a year ago and is still out of action.
    Originally posted by chiny
    DH says it has now re-opened (although I can't find confirmation of that online).
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    • Margot123
    • By Margot123 19th Jul 18, 9:23 AM
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    Has anyone experienced applying for Probate where the property is subject to mortgage/equity release?

    Wondering if anything like that can affect the timeline for application ie does the mortgage company have to approve/supply information prior to application?
    • SevenOfNine
    • By SevenOfNine 19th Jul 18, 4:28 PM
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    Has anyone experienced applying for Probate where the property is subject to mortgage/equity release?

    Wondering if anything like that can affect the timeline for application ie does the mortgage company have to approve/supply information prior to application?
    Originally posted by Margot123
    Mortgage with Tesco on a property we had to sell 2 1/2 years ago. Tesco just said they'd freeze the interest & mortgage payments & let them know when LoA was granted (DiY, no solicitor for that except for swearing the oath).

    Nothing was required from Tesco as far as LoA was concerned, though we also put the house on the market as "subject to probate" so there was a little bit of communication between Tesco & the house sale solicitor regarding that.

    Timeline was:
    28 Feb 2016 - LoA application hand delivered to Oxford probate office.
    16 March - House put on the market
    14 April - LoA arrived dated 13 April.
    17 May - Contracts exchanged
    20 May - Completion

    I thought 6 weeks for LoA wasn't unreasonable. Similar timescale this year with FiL, home owned outright, so doesn't seem to make a difference.

    Maybe timescales are worse during summer holidays when staff are away, or winter when maybe there are more deaths?
    Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it.
    • Marosol
    • By Marosol 8th Aug 18, 7:04 PM
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    Has anyone dealt with Birmingham Probate Registry recently? How backlogged are they? Are they ok in general or is there something to be aware of?
    Any information will be most appreciated x
    • Yorkshireman99
    • By Yorkshireman99 9th Aug 18, 12:25 AM
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    Has anyone dealt with Birmingham Probate Registry recently? How backlogged are they? Are they ok in general or is there something to be aware of?
    Any information will be most appreciated x
    Originally posted by Marosol
    How long is a piece of string? Utterly frustrating though it may be the time taken is simply a lottery. What others have experienced is no guide whatsoever to future performance. A completely pointless thread! Sorry but that is the bottom line.
    • Marosol
    • By Marosol 10th Aug 18, 3:31 PM
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    Just a quick update-
    Sent application on 31/07 and today (10/08) we received an oath to swear, so 8 working days so far.
    Fingers crossed it wont take too long from the moment they receive an oath to send us the grant
    • jalvpa
    • By jalvpa 13th Sep 18, 11:11 AM
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    From oath to receiving the grant was 5 weeks for us, would have been shorter if TSB had paid the IHT when first asked!!!!
    • kazziecon
    • By kazziecon 24th Sep 18, 12:30 PM
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    Completed forms online, printed and hand delivered to Winchester Probate Office on Wednesday 29 August 2018 with relevant paperwork and cheque.
    Received letter regarding oath so OH (as executor) went to WPO to swear oath for free on Wednesday 12 September.
    Grant of Representation received on Wednesday 19 September
    And a solicitor told us it would take at least 4 months!!!
    Just goes to show it is cheaper and quicker to DIY!!
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