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.
The increased security of the new features on the Grant of Probate has been welcomed by the Law Society but have said it does not justify the new probate fees.