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Take action against the probate stealth tax

8 February 2019

The government is attempting to raise probate fees - we are calling on our members to write to their local MP to urgently raise concerns regarding this stealth tax.

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The Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order 2018 will be put to a vote in the House of Commons in the coming days.

The Law Society is strongly opposed to the proposals to hike the fees for grant of probate from the current flat figure of £215 (or £155 if done by a solicitor) to a sliding scale of fees rising to as much as £6,000 depending on the value of the estate.

We have raised serious concerns that the proposals amount to a ‘stealth tax’ and a misuse of the lord chancellor’s fee-levying powers.

The Law Society is therefore urging MPs to object to the Order and vote against approving it.

Read our parliamentary briefing

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