July 12, 2021
Under proposals published this week, fees to apply for a grant of probate will increase from £155 and £215 – for probate professionals and individuals respectively – to a flat fee of £273 for all applicants, regardless of the size of the estate. Estates worth less than £5,000 will continue to not attract a fee.
The Ministry of Justice argues that current fee levels operates at a loss, quoting a deficit of £85m in family jurisdiction services. To be plain, it is costing HM Courts & Tribunals Service more to process probate applications than the fees it currently receives. The fee increase aims to raise between £23m and £25m each year from 2022.
A consultation about the fee increase will run until 23 September 2021.