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Bereaved families wait up to 11 weeks for probate

Bereaved families are facing delays of up to 11 weeks following technical glitches in the new online probate service.

Typically, it used to take a court ten days to grant probate — the legal authority to take control of someone's finances when they die. 

But lawyers and industry experts have reported delays of seven to eight weeks following the transition to an IT system in January.

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