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Planned Increase of Probate Fees Scrapped Ahead of Election

Probate fees had been due to potentially rise from £155 to £20,000 for certain estates in England and Wales from May 2017.

This reform of probate fees, being dubbed a ‘stealth tax’, was met with large objection across the United Kingdom.

Following Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election, the Ministry of Justice have said there is now not enough time for the legislation to go through parliament.

Currently, there has been no further announcement on whether the probate fee reform would be brought back if the prime minister is re-elected in June.

If you are seeking advice following a recent bereavement, or have any queries with regards to the implications of the previously proposed fee structure, please speak with our probate expert Maria Cosslett today.

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