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Sunday 18 March 2018

Families face a 16-month probate wait

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Charlie Weston

Charlie Weston

Huge delays in completing the probate process is putting pressure on families trying to put a deceased relative's affairs in order.

New research has found that it takes an average of 16 months to complete the process in this country.

This compares with an average of between three and four weeks in England.

A survey commissioned by life insurer Royal London found that most Irish people know a family member or friend experiencing probate delays.

Probate is the legal process of authentication of wills before the executor is granted authority to distribute property to beneficiaries named in a will.

Recently, then justice and equality minister Frances Fitzgerald revealed that a review of the probate system is being carried out, amid concern over backlogs.

The Courts Service confirmed it was concerned about delays and said a review of the probate system was being carried out.

The Royal London survey found one-in-five people believes probate in this country takes more than a year.

"Our analysis of claims in 2016 found the average time to complete probate was 489 days, or 16 months," Royal London's Greg Dyer said.

Irish Independent

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