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The proposal to increase probate fees is dropped

on Oct 23, 2019 10:02:04 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Probate Fees Tax Probate Delays
On Monday 14th October the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, announced that the proposal to dramatically increase probate fees will be withdrawn after months of awaiting parliamentary approval.
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Probate fees from July 2019

on Sep 10, 2019 9:29:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Grant of Probate Probate Probate Fees
As of Monday 14th October 2019, the proposal to increase probate fees has been withdrawn.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.
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2018 in review

on Dec 11, 2018 3:43:11 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Inheritance Tax Legislation Probate Fees Wills
This year has been a big year for government-related announcements, including proposed probate fee changes, civil partnerships set to be extended to mixed-sex couples, and recommendations to simplify Inheritance Tax. 2018’s research papers have also revealed some interesting insights about the Will writing and financial service industries.
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The government move forward with changes to probate fees

on Nov 9, 2018 1:35:02 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Probate Probate Fees
On the 5th of November 2018, an update on probate fees was provided by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Justice, Lucy Frazer QC MP. It was announced that new legislation to implement a new, banded structure of fees for a Grant of Probate (also known as Grant of Representation) has been presented before Parliament.
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Unregulated probate providers a risk to elderly individuals

We came across this piece of news recently in the Lincolnshire Echo, but whilst this is a regional story the topic is one of national importance. The article tackles unregulated probate providers and how they may target and take advantage of elderly individuals through practices such as cold-calling.
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Probate Fees Increase from 22 April

on Apr 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Grant of Probate Probate Probate Fees
Probate Registry fees are set to rise from 22 April 2014. All Grant applications received from this date onwards will be subject to the new fees.
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Dying Becomes Costlier in London so More Residents Opting for Basic Funerals

on Oct 16, 2012 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Funeral Probate Fees
A funeral director in the northwest of London has said that more people in the area are now choosing a basic funeral, as dying has become much more expensive in the capital.
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Fixed Fees and Transparency the Order of the Day

In his March 2012 report “Costs and customer service in a changing legal services market”, Adam Sampson, the Chief Ombudsman at the Legal Ombudsman (LeO), emphasises that customers are at the centre of what every legal services provider does.  The report contains a number of stories in which he identifies that the uncertainty surrounding the cost of legal services generally, law firms’ lack of clear pricing policies and poor customer communication, as being the source of most complaints to LeO.  He singles out the traditional practice of charging open-ended hourly rates for special criticism, saying that customers have the right to know in advance what the cost of buying legal services will be.
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A Fair Price for Probate

on Nov 10, 2010 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Executors KCT Probate Probate Fees
William Feeny, Chartered Accountant, discusses the various practices that have evolved for pricing estate administration services.   Most advisers working in the financial services market will understand the concepts of “credence goods” and “asymmetry of information”. But there are many consumers who purchase these services everyday and do not recognise the words or the dangers.
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