Further to our update on 5th August 2019, we are pleased to report that the proposed significant increase to probate fees, which could have seen fees rise from £155 to £6,000 in some cases, has been withdrawn.
The Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, announced on 11th October 2019, that the policy was not, 'fair and proportionate'.
The proposed increase in fees triggered a rush of probate applications resulting in a serious backlog at the Probate Service. This backlog has yet to be cleared.
Although the proposed increase to fees has been withdrawn, the government will be undertaking a review of all court fees as part of their annual wider review next year. This may lead to an increase in some court fees but we are hopeful that any increase to probate fees will be on a more modest scale.