As you may have heard in the news recently, the Ministry of Justice have proposed changes to the fees payable for an application for a Grant of Representation. The proposed fee regime is as follows:

  • Moving from the current flat fee of £155 for applications for a Grant of Probate to a banded structure where the fees increase in line with the value of the Estate, up to a maximum of £20,000
  • Raising the threshold below which no fee is payable from £5,000 to £50,000

Although the proposal still needs to be agreed by the Government, we are potentially looking at a massive court fee hike for most applications for a Grant made after 1st May. If, as we expect, it does receive parliamentary approval then the new fees will be as follows:-

 
New fee structure Value of estate (before inheritance tax) Proposed Fee
Up to £50,000 or exempt from requiring a grant of probate £0
Exceeds £50,000 but does not exceed £300,000 £300
Exceeds £300,000 but does not exceed £500,000£1,000
Exceeds £500,000 but does not exceed £1m £4,000
Exceeds £1m but does not exceed £1.6m £12,000
Exceeds £1.6m but does not exceed £2m £12,000
Above £2m £20,000