The Ministry of Justice has announced a fee increase for all users.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that all users of the probate service will pay a single, flat rate fee of £273 from 26 January. The current fees are £155 for professional users and £215 for non-professional users.

Responding to the price increase, Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “We support the MoJ’s aim to make a simpler, more streamlined process for users of the probate service, and we understand funds are needed to help this change and development.

“However, we query why the UK government has decided to increase fees at this time, particularly as the probate service is still facing delays… This is unacceptable, the service must be timely and allow executors to settle a loved one’s estate.”