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Relatives to Face Additional Charges As Probate Fees Rise

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Relatives could soon be facing huge rises in probate fees if proposed new tiered systems of charges comes into effect for Probate.

With property values at a new all time high the changes will obviously affect more and more people who find themselves hit by higher charges after a loved one passes away.

The flat £215 fee will be replaced with a new system of tiered charges that would result in some paying as much as £20,000 for estates worth more than £2m.

If a loved one leaves an estate worth over £300,000 the new fees would be £1,000.

For estates worth between £500,000 and £1m the new fee will be £4,000, rising to £8,000 for those worth between £1m and £1.6m, and £12,000 for those valued at between £1.6m and £2m.

Obtaining a grant of probate is the process by which someone is given the authority to deal with the property, money and possessions of a person after they die.

It is usually sought by the executor of a Will or a person acting on their behalf. Not all estates need to go through probate, but around half of deaths leading to an application for a grant of probate in England and Wales.

Private Client Partner, Daniel Prince, said:  “At such a difficult time as the loss of a loved one there is no substitute for the experience, knowledge and skill of a solicitor to guide you through this often complex area of the law, particularly if unforeseen complications arise. 

“Moving forward the proposed rise in fees will hit a percentage of our clients and we will have to explain the changes carefully and precisely.”

Proposed new probate fees which are being consulted on until 1 April 2016:

£300 for estates worth more than £50,000 and up to £300,000

£1,000 for estates worth more than £300,000 and up to £500,000

£4,000 for estates worth more than £500,000 and up to £1m

£8,000 for estates worth more than £1m and up to £1.6m

£12,000 for estates worth more than £1.6m and up to £2m

£20,000 for estates worth more than £2m


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