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  • Probate fee increase delayed due to lack of Parliamentary time

    The Ministry of Justice has announced “The statutory instrument on probate fees will not have time to complete its passage through Parliament so it will be a matter for the new government” but would not comment on whether the plans would be abandoned long term.

    News a hike in probate fees is to be ditched by the government was welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales.Law Society president Robert Bourns said: “This proposal would have affected 42% of estates and would have put pressure on families when they have just suffered a bereavement, so we are glad it is no longer going forward.”

    The proposal, which surfaced in the recent spring budget, would have hiked probate fees from a current flat fee of £215 (or £155 if done by a solicitor) to a sliding scale between £300 and £20,000 based on the value of the estate. The Law Society was among the 97% of respondents to the consultation who argued against the proposed increases, suggesting instead that a much more moderate and stepped increase was appropriate.

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