The plans would raise the fee to £273.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have announced plans to raise probate fees. Currently, the fees are £155 for professional users and £215 for non-professional users. Under this new structure, there will be one single fee of £273. The Law Society of England and Wales has called these changes “unwelcome”, as users of the service still face continued delays.

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce commented, “With so many applications now online and the expansion of Court and Tribunal Service Centres to centralise administration, it is unclear why probate service overheads have increased to justify such a significant fee hike… Any increase in fees must be reflected in the service provided.”

The Law Society will respond in full after a discussion with our members.

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