News | October 18, 2019

Government scraps proposed probate “Death -Tax”

The Government announced in November 2018 that it was reintroducing its proposals to increase the costs of applying for grant of probate that they originally tried to get through Parliament in April 2017. Under the new proposals, the maximum fee for applying for probate would rise from £155 to £6,000, an increase of 3,771% compared to an initial proposed increase of up to £20,000!

Following strong opposition from the Private Client Industry and the Press, justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has confirmed that these controversial proposals have, at last, been dropped. For more information please click on the following links:

  1. Government reintroduces probate “death tax”
  2. Wedlake Bell LLP’s consultation response to the introduction of increased probate fees

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