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Probate Fees Update - 2019

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The Government's controversial proposal to increase the Court Probate fees to a sliding scale of up to £6000 depending on the size of the estate has been reversed.
Solicitors, the Law Society and the wider public had vigorously campaigned against the hike in fees which had been due to come into force in April 2019 but implementation  was delayed due to government pressures around Brexit.
The Ministry of Justice has now agreed that whilst fees are necessary to properly fund the UK Court system, they must be "fair and proportionate".  Probate fees will now be reviewed as part of the annual Court fee assessment and small adjustments to cover costs will be considered.  In the meantime, the fixed Probate fee of £155 through a Solicitor and £215 for a personal application for estates over £5000 where a Grant of Representation is required, will continue to apply.
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