I recently assisted a client firm in the proving of a copy Will where the original had gone missing in transit to the Probate Registry.
The client required the necessary order and issue of grant extremely quickly in order to issue proceedings before being time barred. I had to inform my client that the Registry she proposed to send the papers to no longer had a sitting Registrar. The exercise led me to think that other of my clients may not be aware of the current availability of District Probate Registrars.
To the best of my current knowledge only three District Probate Registries now enjoy the position of having a full time Registrar in situ and the rest have to rely on either sending work to a Registry where a Registrar sits or await the visit of a Registrar.
If you should find yourself in the position of requiring a Registrar’s decision or an order urgently I would strongly recommend that you find out if the Registry you regularly use has a sitting Registrar and if that Registrar is full time.
As usual I would be happy to advise should the occasion arise.