HMCTS have begun issuing a new style of grant of probate certificates as of the 4th March 2019. The updates are intended to help protect against fraud and provides a way for companies, share registrars, banks etc. to check the validity of the grant.

The old-style grant will still be valid and the new-style certificates have been updated to include:

-   a hologram;

-   digital seal instead of an embossed seal;

-   digital signature instead of a 'wet' signature;

-   a validation telephone number for people processing the document to call to confirm if the grant is valid.