Probate fees for all estates with a value over £5,000 increased to £273 on 26 January. This new fixed fee removed the varying fees for individuals applying themselves or those applying with a professional representative.

Previously, the two-tier probate fee system meant that:

  • Applicants using a professional incurred a fee of £155
  • Applicants applying themselves incurred an additional personal application fee, meaning the total cost was £215
  • Estates valued at less than £5,000 did not incur a fee

This new fee amends the Non-Contentious Probate Fees Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/3120).

According to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), there is no difference in the cost of probate to HM Courts and Tribunals Service between applicants.

Thus, the ICAEW said that it welcomed that the fees reflect the costs of court.

The introduction of the fixed fee also aims to raise an additional £20 million for HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

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