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Probate Fee Increase

Probate fees (the court fee for obtaining a Grant of Probate) have increased to £273 for applications made from 26 January 2022.

Under previous rules, the court fee for a grant of probate was £155 for an application made by a probate professional, whilst a lay applicant paid £215. The two-tier probate fee system has now been replaced by a fixed flat fee.

Increases to probate fees had been proposed in 2016 and 2019, reflecting the value of the estate.  Those proposals were much more drastic, involving sliding scales of fees under which the biggest estates (£2m plus) would have paid £6,000.  These proposals received harsh criticism and were shelved by the Government.  This new fee is very different to the controversial fees previously proposed.

The UK government's rationale for equalising the fees is that all users should pay the same fee for the same service, with the single fee being set at a rate which covers the costs of delivering the service without generating a profit.

Where an estate is valued at £5,000 or less it will remain exempt from paying a fee on applying for probate.

If you have any queries in relation to probate and estate administration, please contact Lisa Hills Tagg on 01825 747122 or any member of the Private Client Team.