Probate Fees… U-turn?

Probate fees have hit the news recently due to the significant increases that were proposed when applying for a grant of representation.

Despite widespread public and media allegations of stealth taxation and opposition to the sharp increases in the fee structure, the Probate Registry had written to practitioners stating that the fees would increase in May of 2017 (although no specific start date could be given).

However, it would appear that the legislation necessary cannot now be passed as a result of the snap call for a General Election, meaning that whether this change will come into force will be an issue for the next Government.

It therefore remains to be seen whether probate fees will increase in the future.