The Ministry of Justice has scrapped controversial plans to raise probate fees from the current level of £155, up to £6,000.
The proposal had already been delayed considerably due to parliamentary time being diverted to Brexit and it was argued that the rise would amount to an unfair 'stealth tax' on the recently bereaved.
We, along with STEP, the Law Society and many others, welcome the announcement.
The Government has said it will now review probate fees as part of an annual assessment of family and civil court charges.
he Law Society has welcomed the government’s u-turn on a probate fee hike, which would have seen bereaved families paying up to £6,000 for grants of probate. Under the government’s proposals, probate fees would have risen from the current fixed fee of £215 – or £155 with a solicitor – to a sliding scale of up to £6,000 depending on the size of the estate. However, justice secretary Robert Buckland has abandoned plans introduced by Theresa May, which were due to come into force next year.