Plans for a ‘death tax’ that would have hit grieving families with bills of up to £ 6,000 have been replaced by lump sum fee proposals.
Probate fees for individual executors will drop from £ 215 to £ 273, a jump of 27%.
Professional users of the probate system, such as lawyers, will see their fees increase by 76%, from £ 155 at the new flat rate.
It comes after the government scrapped controversial plans that would have seen 280,000 families a year pay on a “sliding scale” tied to the value of the deceased’s estate.
Probate fees for individual executors to rise from £ 215 to £ 273, a jump of 27% [File photo]
The Daily Mail highlighted at the time how it allegedly left 56,000 families with bills ranging from £ 2,500 to £ 6,000 to get probate – the term given to the legal right to property, money and property. property of a deceased person.
Estates valued at £ 5,000 or less will continue to be exempt from the new fees, which are expected to be introduced early next year.
Ministers say higher fees are needed because the system is currently operating at a loss.
Releasing a consultation paper yesterday, Courts Minister Chris Philp said: “This is a much smaller increase than previous proposals and directly related to the cost of providing the service. It is also very different from previous government proposals to increase revenue from probate fees.
“I hope it is clear that this government has listened to previous stakeholder concerns and proposed a fair and proportionate approach to fund an important service, while reducing the burden on the taxpayer. “
Professional users of the probate system, such as lawyers, will see their fees increase by 76% from £ 155 to the new flat rate [File photo]
The Justice Department estimates it will raise between £ 23m and £ 25m a year in additional fees, making the service self-sufficient.
A spokesperson for the ministry said: “Every penny of this fee will go towards the cost of processing claims – meaning taxpayers will no longer have to subsidize them. According to the newspaper, the family court of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service, of which the probate system is a part, has a deficit of £ 85 million a year.
Plans for a sliding probate fee scale released three years ago called for many executors to get a loan to cover the higher fees. They were abandoned in 2019 after an outcry.
The consultation on the new charges will be open until September 23.