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Parliamentary briefing: Law Society opposes Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order 2018

5 February 2019

On Thursday 7 February the House of Commons will consider the Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order 2018 in the Fourteenth Delegated Legislation Committee.

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, and that the proposals are likely ultra vires.

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

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