House of Commons Library briefing paper: Probate fees

Released 7 November 2018

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper considering the Government's proposals to reform probate fees.

At present, probate applications are charged a fee of £155 if made by a solicitor, and £215 if made by an individual. These fees apply to estates worth £5,000 or more. The fees are currently set at cost recovery levels. On 5 November 2018, junior Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer announced revised proposals. She said that a new statutory instrument had been laid before Parliament which would implement a banded structure of fees for a grant of probate. The draft Non-Contentious Probate Fees Order 2018, (the 2018 draft Order) was laid before Parliament on 5 November 2018. The 2018 draft Order would apply to England and Wales only. It will need the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament to become law. The briefing paper looks at the background to the reform and previous consultations.

View the briefing paper at Probate fees.

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