'Slower and dearer': Ireland's probate problem

Insurer's report contains few surprises, but not everyone agrees on the causes of delay, writes Francesca Comyn

17th August, 2017
'Slower and dearer': Ireland's probate problem
Insurer's report questions solicitors' Irish probate dominance. Pic: Getty

A new report by Royal London highlighting unacceptable delays in the Irish probate system carries few surprises.

An analysis of claims received by the insurer in the Irish market in 2016 found that bereaved families waited an average of 16 months for a grant of probate - the legal document which gives an executor authority to administer a deceased person's estate.

Just getting an appointment with the probate office took up to four months. In the UK,...

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