Probate Fee increase – breaking news – has the Lord Chancellor exceeded her power?

6th April 2017 3:29 pm Comments Off on Probate Fee increase – breaking news – has the Lord Chancellor exceeded her power?

The controversial probate registry fee increase may have hit a delay – the MOJ is insistent that “90% [of estates] pay less than £1,000” As 100% of estates currently pay less than £200, with the lowest fee being £155, this is not the positive statement that it would otherwise be.

Has the Lord Chancellor exceeded her power to set court fees by putting in place instead a stealth tax without subjecting it to parliamentary debate? If a fee exceeds the cost of the administrative function, is the excess amount considered a tax? How fair is it to compare probate fees (which are required for estate administration) with litigation costs (where parties choose to involve the courts and they might mediate)?

To sign the petition asking the government to reconsider the probate fee increase, go here:

Or if you are wish to complain about the increase in probate fees, you can contact the Ministry of Justice direct on

For more information on the Probate Fee increase, please Contact Vicky Burdett at or on 01628 631051.

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