Proposed changes to Probate costs scrapped

The government has abandoned controversial plans to increase probate fees to as much as £20,000, saying there would not be time for the necessary legislation to pass before Parliament prior to the general election on 8 June.

The plans would have replaced the current flat fee of £215 with a sliding scale based on the value of the estate ranging from £300 to a maximum of £20,000 for those estates worth over £2m.

The proposed increases attracted wide-spread criticism for putting pressure on asset-rich but cash-poor families. It is not yet clear whether a newly elected Government would revisit these proposals in the future.