We are all aware and no doubt suffering from the delays which are taking place in having probate issued. I have seen various comments about the steps being taken by HMCTS to improve the situation and I think I have seen more than once that they were now on track. Sadly that does not appear to be quite the case for below are two examples of cases of mine where we still await probate. Admittedly getting the IHT 421 issued does of course add to the overall delay.
Case 1: IHT 421 sent to HMRC on 10 March and returned on 28 April and sent to Probate Registry on that date. HMRC therefore took seven weeks to stamp the form and the Probate Registry has had the papers for over eight weeks!
Case 2: IHT 421 sent to HMRC on 6 April and returned on 24 April and sent to Probate Registry on that date. An improvement with HMRC which only took 2 1/2 weeks. The Probate Registry has had the papers for almost 9 weeks!
Neither case had any complications as regards the wills et cetera so without being able to make contact with the men from the ministry to find out what has happened we are just left wondering.
In the meantime The executors are prevented from selling a sizeable portfolio of shares and as a result may incur a loss over the probate value. No way of claiming compensation!