The Ministry of Justice has announced that the legislation for a new, banded structure of probate fees had been presented before Parliament.

Assuming the legislation is passed:

• The current fee of between £155 and £215 could increase on a sliding scale based on the value of the deceased’s estate, starting from £250 and could reach up to £6,000.

• Estates (homes and savings) worth between £300,001 and £500,000 would be likely to incur a fee of £1,000 whilst larger estates would see even higher fees – although any Estate worth more than £2 million would have the fee capped at £6,000, an increase of around 3,000%.

The probate fee changes are predicted to launch in April 2019. As always, we will keep you updated on the latest developments.

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