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New tax on bereaved families?

View profile for Claire Read
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You may have seen that probate fees are going to increase from £150 up to £20,000. I am gobsmacked by this because the responses to the consultation were overwhelmingly against such a high increase, but the government has just ignored those representations.

This really is a tax on bereaved families and to make matters worse, if your estate is subject to inheritance tax, you will be paying inheritance tax on the probate fee! We are all really shocked and frustrated by the increase and we will be working with our clients to ensure that we make probate applications quickly and before the increase.