Planned probate fee rise scrapped ahead of General Election

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Thousands faced a sharp rise in costs up to a maximum of £20,000 under the controversial proposals that were due to take effect next month.

The move had been condemned by critics as a “stealth death tax”.

Currently there is a flat probate charge of £215 or £155 if submitted by a solicitor in relation to all estates with a value of at least £5,000.

Under the changes this system would have been replaced by a sliding fee scale, depending on the estate’s value.

At the lower end, estates worth more than £50,000 and up to £300,000 would have attracted fees of £300 – rising to £20,000 for those valued at more than £2 million.

The new system would also have seen the threshold below which no fee is payable increase from £5,000 to £50,000.

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