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Probate fee update

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Only a couple of weeks ago, the Law Society Select Committee reported that it was their view that the Lord Chancellor had gone beyond her powers in proposing to increasing the fees by such a great amount.  The reason for this is that the probate fees currently charged already cover the cost of the service used and as such any increase along the lines proposed amounts to a tax.  The Lord Chancellor is not allowed to impose taxes only the Government can.  This report gave me hope that there would be opposition to the increases and that they would not just slip under the radar.  But, today I am thrilled to hear that the proposed probate fee increase has been stalled and will not be implemented just yet.  I hope that when we have a new government they will reconsider the fees and not allow the Lord Chancellor to introduce the “stealth tax” increase.

Claire Read is based at our Chelmsford office and can be reached on 01245 453835 or email