Probate System Reforms
Posted on 5th April 2019 at 10:37
In our previous blog post, which can be found here, we have discussed the changes happening to the Probate Service, including the move to an online system.
As part of these changes, the traditional ‘Oath’ has been changed to a Statement of Truth. Paul Downer, in his blog post for HMCTS, has explained that a number of ‘pain points’ were identified as part of the research, one of which being that users were unsure of the term ‘swearing of the oath’, adding to their, usually already high, stress levels.
HMCTS have therefore amended the ‘Oath’ to a Statement of Truth, which is a statement used in many forms of legal documents, including in Property matters (such as on Form ADV2, which can be found here) and in Family Law (such as on Form E, available here).
As your Probate Solicitors Preston, we would explain that the Statement of Truth can usually read along the lines of the following:-
I believe that the facts and matters contained in this statement are true.
Now, in our opinion, the new Statement of Truths will be less daunting for executors and administrators who are tasked to deal with the estate of their loved ones and, whilst the Statement wording can vary depending on the document it is required for, this change by the Probate Registry should go a long way to helping more people deal with the formalities of a person’s estate with as little stress as possible.
MG Legal, Probate Solicitors Preston, offer fixed fee Probate applications for £500.00 plus VAT, and can also deal with the administration of the estate of behalf of the executors, to help take some of the stress away from you.
Not only will the new Statement of Truth help save some stress, but it also helps reduce the costs involved with applying for Probate, as the executors no longer have to swear the Oath in front of an independent Solicitor, but can sign the Statement from the comfort of their own Solicitor’s office.
So, if you need assistance with applying for Probate, call Probate Solicitors Preston today on 01772 783 314 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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