SI 2018/1137 - The Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2018

Released 5 November 2018

SI 2018/1137 amends SI 1987/2024 to reflect changes to probate administration from 27 November 2018.

The Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2018 amend the Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987 (SI 1987/2024) to:

(a)(a) allow online applications for probate to be made by an unrepresented applicant;

(b)(b) enable all applications for probate to be verified by a statement of truth (instead of an oath) and without the will having to be marked (signed by the applicant);

(c)(c) extend time limits in the caveat process, which give the person registering the caveat notice of any application for probate;

(d)(d) allow caveat applications and standing searches (which give notice of grants being issued) to be made electronically;

(e)(e) extend the powers of district probate registrars equivalent to those of district judges; and

(f)(f) make further provision for the issue of directions (instructions to the parties) in relation to hearings.

The rules come into force on 27 November 2018.

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