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New probate fees update

The prorogation of parliament has caused the vote to approve the government’s proposed hike in probate fee to lapse. This is a victory for the Law Society, which has been running a campaign opposing the plans.

Under the government’s proposals, probate fees would have risen from the current fixed fee of £215 (or £155 with a solicitor) to a sliding scale of fees of up to £6,000 depending on the size of the estate.

The Law Society will continue its campaign if the government seeks to revive the plans in the new parliamentary session.