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Probate fees vote lapses following successful Law Society campaign

12 September 2019

The prorogation of parliament this week has caused the long overdue vote to approve the government’s probate fee hike to lapse. This is a victory for us, as we've been running a campaign opposing the plans.

Under the government’s proposals in the Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order, probate fees would have risen from the current fixed fee of £215 – or £155 with a solicitor – to a sliding scale of fees of up to £6,000 depending on the size of the estate.

We launched a campaign in opposition to the proposed fee hike in February, which received a huge amount of support from practitioners and members of the public.

Our arguments have been cited in parliament 13 times, and were featured in 20 pieces of national media coverage, including pieces by Sky News, the Financial Times and the Daily Telegraph.

“Not only would these charges have been excessive but they could have caused significant cash flow issues for the bereaved,” said Law Society president Simon Davis.

We'll continue our campaign if the government seeks to revive the plans in the new parliamentary session. “Should the order be reintroduced, we will continue to campaign against its introduction”, said Simon Davis. “This is a tax on grief.”

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