Government scraps plans to raise probate fees

The Ministry of Justice has dropped its controversial plans to increase probate fees ahead of the snap election.

It says there would now not be enough time for the new legislation to go through Parliament before the election.

Currently, the application fee for a Grant of Probate, regardless of the size of the estate, is fixed at £155.

Under the proposed regime, estates valued at between £300,000 and £500,000 would see a fee increase to £1,000.

Fees for estates worth between £500,000 and £1,000,000 would rise to £4,000.

While estates worth £2,000,000 would see a staggering fee increase of £20,000.

The MoJ has not confirmed whether the plans will be brought back after the election, saying it will be up to the next government to decide.

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