Probate solicitors are experiencing “shocking delays” and are increasingly frustrated by an inefficient process, according to recent research. 

A survey of 53 probate solicitors across the UK, carried out in September by property selling organisation Movewise, found that 87 per cent of them singled out inefficiency and hold-ups by government bodies as a major frustration.

Such delays caused by government bodies – particularly the Probate Registry – had at least a “moderately significant impact” on the work of 87 per cent of solicitors; and 63 per cent said they were affected by errors by government bodies.

The head of probate at one leading firm reportedly described delays in the...

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