SI 2017/1034 (which comes into force on 20 November 2017) amends the Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987, SI 1987/2024 to create two new application for a grant of probate procedures (the alternative procedure for applications through solicitors or probate practitioners and the personal application procedure) for use on a pilot basis. The first, alternative procedure for applications through solicitors or probate practitioners, will enable applications through a solicitor or probate practitioner to be made online. The second, personal applications, using statement of truth, will enable applications by personal applicants to be made with a statement of truth instead of an oath. Both procedures will be restricted to applicants who are invited to take part in the pilot scheme by a probate registry. The applications made within the proposed pilot projects will lead to grants of representation and will be verified by a statement of truth rather than an oath. The instrument will enter into force on 20 November 2017.
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