The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has proposed that all probate applications made by solicitors should be carried out online.

On 10 August, the government published a consultation on proposed changes to non-contentious probate rules, which would make it mandatory for solicitors and other probate practitioners to use the online process.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a rise in the numbers of professionals taking the online route. However, in June 2020, four out of five professional applications for grants of probate still arrived in paper form.

It is “clear the process has to modernise” and online applications would speed up processing times, the MoJ said.

The Law Society is submitting a response to the consultation but you can also submit your own feedback.

How to take part 

The consultation closes on 10 September.