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Government’s response to consultation on proposals to reform fees for Grants of Probate
24 February 2017

The Ministry of Justice today published the Government’s response to consultation on proposals to reform fees for Grants of Probate.

Despite the responses to the consultation being overwhelmingly against the Government’s proposals, the report states that the Government has decided to proceed with the following proposals:

  1. The threshold for the value of an estate below which no fee is payable for applications for a Grant of Probate will be increased from £5,000 to £50,000.

  2. Over and above this, fees will be implemented on a banding structure, increasing in line with the table below.
Value of estate (before Inheritance Tax) Proposed fee 
Up to £50,000 or exempt from requiring a Grant of Probate £0
Exceeds £50,000 but does not exceed £300,000 £300
Exceeds £300,000 but does not exceed £500,000 £1,000
Exceeds £500,000 but does not exceed £1 million £4,000
Exceeds £1 million but does not exceed £1.6 million £8,000
Exceeds £1.6 million but does not exceed £2 million £12,000
Above £2 million £20,000

 

 

 

 

 





The proposal is that fees will become effective from May 2017 subject to the approval of parliament. 

This is likely to have a far-reaching effect and in particular potentially create difficulty for executors in raising funds to pay the court fee when making an application for a Grant of Probate.

For more information on this and other matters please contact Paul Lowery at [email protected] or 0118  952 7227.

Consistent with our policy when giving comment and advice on a non-specific basis, we cannot assume legal responsibility for the accuracy of any particular statement. In the case of specific problems we recommend that professional advice be sought.

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