When a loved one passes away the process of resolving all the issues to do with their estate such as their possessions, home, investments and other elements of their estate is called "probate". If the person who passed away left a will and appointed an executor of their estate, that person will need to get what is known as a 'grant of probate'. This grant of probate acts as the official recognition of the validity of a will and enables any inheritance to be distributed.
Until now the rules around the fees for probate have been fairly simple. There has been a flat rate for fees in England and Wales of £215. However back in November 2018 the government announced plans to introduce a sliding scale of fees meaning that the larger the estate, the higher the probate fees would be. The new fee structure would raise around £155m a year for the government.
The breakdown of this scale of fees was proposed as:
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