The probate system should be back to normal in a matter of weeks, HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has claimed – but solicitors still complain of long delays.

At a meeting in October 2019, HMCTS told the Law Society that it is sending out nearly 7,000 grants of probate a week and that issue levels should remain high.

New applications are processed within three days of being received, HMCTS said, and the bulk of applications are processed within 28 days if inheritance tax forms are provided.

As a result, HMCTS is “optimistic that the probate service will very shortly return to normal levels”, it told the Law Society.