Received our first of the new style grants Friday, (application submitted 15th March), (no errors to report), together with an illustrated guide to the difference between new & old. Apart from appearance and presence of ‘high security hologram’ not much to report other than absence of attached sealed copy of the Will. The grant explains “an official copy of which may be obtained from the Court”.
Also received email from our DPR explaining as follows:
“We have recently moved to a new system and are working our way through a backlog of applications. In the meantime, we would ask you not to commit to a completion deadline when putting properties on the market to sale as we may not be able to accommodate these until the backlog has cleared.
We are currently working on cases which required no follow up (eg IHT421 or resolution to a query) which were received on 18th March and cases where a follow up or resolution was required and received on 21 March.
All cases are being processed in date order. Please note all registries are working to the same time scales.
Please only contact us if the matter is extremely urgent eg. you have court proceedings or a house sale where the date for completion has been fixed and is within the next week. A copy of the Court listing and evidence of the completion of contract date will be required).
We are unable to expedite an application for any other reason.
Please be assured we are doing all we can to process these cases as quickly as possible.”