New online application process for grants of probate

A new online application process for grants of probate and letters of administration will start from September in Ireland, as reported in Irish Legal.

The Courts Service of Ireland claims the new online process will “modernise and transform the current process, making it easier and more efficient to complete”.

Under the new system, solicitors and those making personal applicants, such as executors or administrators of an estate, will have to submit their Inland Revenue Affidavit online before lodging their application for a grant of representation with the Probate Office and the District Probate Registries.

Inland Revenue

There are three major changes to the current process. Applicants seeking grants of probate or letters of application will need to complete a submit a new online inland revenue affidavit to the Inland Revenue. This is called the Statement of Affairs (Probate) Form SA.2.

This can be completed by logging on the revenue’s online service or MyAccount through the website:

Once the form is completed successfully and submitted, a revenue acknowledgement form will be auto-generated. This document is called the notice of acknowledgement (probate) and it will comprise the top line information the Probate Office needs to use.

Required papers

Applicants will need to print this acknowledgement and submit it to the Probate Office, along with the other required papers to obtain a grant of probate or letters of administration.

According to the Courts Service, Revenue proactively worked with the Probate Office to design an online process that will reduce errors encountered when completing the current paper form.

In a statement on its website, the Courts Service said: “It is expected that the governing regulations will be signed into law and the new online form available by mid-September 2020.

Acknowledgement documents

“Once the online form is available, the Probate Office can only accept new applications that include Revenue’s acknowledgment document. This means there will be no option available to submit an Inland Revenue Affidavit to the Probate Office for approval.

“In preparation for the move to the online Statement of Affairs the Probate Office, from Friday 4th September 2020 will no longer accept applications with CA24s.

“The service is currently in development and further updates/information on the new process and the online form will be provided by both Revenue and the Courts Service in the coming weeks.”

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