Associate solicitor Patrick Brennan, in our leading Probate, Tax & Trusts team, provides an update and clarification on the possible rise in probate fees.
Many clients have been asking about the rumoured increase in probate fees, which was proposed by the Government last year and then resurrected earlier this year.
By way of an update, the necessary secondary legislation has not yet been scheduled for debate by the Government.
Given that this week is the final week before the Houses of Parliament rises for its summer recess, the proposed fees rise cannot now be debated or passed until Parliament returns on 3 September 2019.
At present, it appears likely that all applications for probate will be subject to the standard fees for the foreseeable future.
We will of course provide a further update when one is available.