Imminent Rise in Probate Court Fees

The government proposal to introduce a hike in court fees which would have seen grieving families pay up to £6,000 for probate, has now been scrapped

They have instead introduced a flat fee of £273 which is still a significant rise for consumers – 26% for individuals applying for probate without a solicitor.  This change will come into effect on 26 January 2022.

Since the start of the pandemic, bereaved families have had to deal with extensive delays in probate – which has only marginally improved.  Cases are on average now being dealt with in 6 to 9 weeks.

The probate service still needs serious improvements, especially now people are having to pay considerably more for it. We are hopeful that this fee increase will bring positive changes, but if not, both consumers and solicitors will feel frustrated at the system once more.

It is time to draw a line in the sand and be clear about how and when vital changes will be made so bereaved families are not enduring further stress and anxiety at what is already a difficult time for them.

We are also concerned that the universal fee, applied to professionals and individuals applying alike, could encourage families to reduce costs by applying themselves and avoid speaking with a lawyer. Seeking professional advice when dealing with probate will help resolve any complex arrangements with the estate and helps relieve pressure on grieving loved ones.

Martin Roberts is a member of STEP, Christine Shute and Janice Courtenay are both members of Solicitors for the Elderly and are here to help you through the process and can be contacted on 01803 403403 or by email:  [email protected]

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