The government has dropped its controversial plans to increase probate fees before the election, which raises the possibility that they will drop the proposals altogether.
The new fees would have ranged from £300 for estates valued at £50,000 up to £20,000 for estates worth more than £2m. This would have replaced a current flat rate of £215 if an application is made by an individual or £155 for applications made by solicitors.
These proposals came with fierce opposition and saw many people signing a petition to stop them from coming into force. However, the ministry said the charges were “fair and proportionate”, and that those who could afford to use the courts should make a greater contribution to their overall funding.
Zoe Dale, Wills and Probate Solicitor at Thomas Guise said “I am delighted that these plans are on hold. The steep increases were simply a stealth tax which would have seen unfair pressure placed on grieving families to raise the funds to pay the fees”.
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