Parliamentary written statement – reform of probate service

Released 5 November 2018

Written statements have been published in the Houses of Parliament announcing changes to the probate service including a new fee structure and online applications facility.

The Written Statements, made by Lucy Frazer (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice), announced that new legislation was being laid to implement a new banded structure of fees for a grant of representation, commonly known as a grant of probate. Fees will be revised so they will never be more than 0.5% of the value of the estate and the estate value threshold will be raised from £5,000 to £50,000, lifting around 25,000 estates annually out of fees altogether. Other changes announced include the ability for people to apply for a grant of probate online and assisted digital support for those who many not necessarily have the skills or access to engage digitally, thus empowering individuals to make applications themselves instead of needing to instruct and pay for solicitors.

For more information, view the statements at:

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