In England and Wales, probate fees – paid when administering someone’s estate after they die – will now be paid as a sliding scale depending on how much the estate is worth, rather than as a flat fee.
At the moment, families pay a flat £215, or £155 if they apply through a solicitor, on estates over £5,000.
This threshold at which you’ll need to pay probate fees is set to be lifted to £50,000 from April 2019 – according to the Ministry of Justice, this means an extra 25,000 estates per year won’t pay any fees at all.
But if the estate’s value is higher than this, you’ll see an increase in probate fees. Estates worth between £50,000 and £300,000 will be charged £250, while the maximum charge is £6,000 for estates worth £2 million or more.
See our Guide to Probate for more information.