Probate fees – paid when administering someone’s estate after they die – are set to be charged as a sliding scale rather than a flat rate in England and Wales from April 2019.
At the moment, families pay a flat £215, or £155 if they apply through a solicitor, on estates over £5,000.
But the planned rule changes mean estates under £50,000 won’t pay any fees at all – while all other estates are set to see a rise in fees. Estates worth between £50,000 and £300,000 will be charged £250, and the maximum charge will be £6,000 for estates worth £2 million or more.
See our Guide to Probate for more information.