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Probate fees from July 2019

Posted by Kings Court Trust | 10-Sep-2019 09:29:00

As of Monday 14th October 2019, the proposal to increase probate fees has been withdrawn. Click here to read our latest blog post on the matter.

On 22 July 2019, HM Courts & Tribunals Service released revised probate fees including costs for applications and additional copies of the Grant of Representation. Although the cost of the application has not changed, any additional copies will now be charged at £1.50 per copy, rather than the 50p that was previously charged.

The rise in the fee for additional copies is a substantial increase which equates to a significant mark-up per copy. Families applying for the Grant of Representation will typically need to order additional copies to give to organisations that are holding the deceased’s assets. Some organisations will need to see the Grant before releasing any funds. It is advisable to order sufficient copies when sending the application to the Probate Registry. Additional copies include:

  • Official sealed copies of the Grant of Representation ordered at the time of application.
  • Sealed and certified copies of the Will and Grant. They may be required if any assets are held overseas.
  • Additional copies ordered after the Grant of Representation has been issued. This may include a copy of the Grant and the Will, if applicable.

The new probate fees document outlines how individuals will continue to be charged £215 for applications when the net estate is over £5,000. If the net estate is under £5,000 then no fee will be charged.

Back in November 2018, it was announced that new legislation to implement a new, banded structure of probate fees had been presented before Parliament. Despite the proposed changes to probate fees being on the cards for so long, the introduction of higher fees is yet to come into action.

The probate fees order has still not been scheduled for debate in the House of Commons. Parliament returned from their summer recess on the week commencing the 2nd of September 2019 and the legislative debate did not appear on the week's agenda. It’s still unclear when the probate fees order debate will take place and there’s unlikely to be any developments until Brexit decisions have been finalised. Furthermore, on the 10th September 2019, Parliament was suspended with MPs not due back until the 14th of October 2019. 

If the proposal is passed by Parliament, the current flat fee could become tiered fees based on the value of the deceased’s estate. The tiered fees would start from £250 and could reach up to £6,000. Additionally, the current estate value threshold would be raised from £5,000 to £50,000, which could mean that every year approximately 25,000 estates may avoid probate fees.

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Author: Kings Court Trust

Kings Court Trust is an award-winning probate and estate administration provider that support families at the difficult time of losing a loved one. Our tax and legal teams have the expertise to advise on any situation. We are committed to offering families a great service for a fair price which is why we work on a fixed fee basis so they know exactly what our service will cost from the outset.

Topics: Grant of Probate, Probate, Probate Fees