Probate fee increase triggers call for feedback from solicitors

Solicitors' leaders today urged probate practitioners to feed into the Law Society of England and Wales’ consultation response to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) proposals to hike fees for probate applications.

The current fees are £155 for professional users and £215 for non-professional users. These would change to one single probate fee of £273.

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “We want to ensure that the changes won’t affect the viability of firms doing probate work or act as a barrier to vulnerable people who need to use this service.

“This survey is a way for us to hear your views on the proposals, as well as other improvements probate solicitors would like to see in the probate service in England.

“The probate service has had continued and significant delays during the pandemic, with some users facing delays of 12 to 14 weeks in 2020 when they were applying for probate grants of letters of administration.

“This is unacceptable, the service must be timely and allow executors to settle a loved one’s estate. The online service was specifically designed to streamline the process and the UK government must ensure the system is working efficiently.

“We would value input from probate practitioners who are using this service and views on how delays have affected their clients.”

The Law Society’s survey closes on Friday 27 August 2021 and we will be responding to the consultation in full in September.

Notes to editors

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Read the MoJ’s consultation on aligning fees for probate

Probate is a legal document that gives executors of the will the relevant authority to deal with the assets and carry out the wishes of the loved one who has died. It is usually required if the estate of the deceased is worth more than £10,000.

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