The government is proposing a new simplified and streamlined process which will allow families in England and Wales to access small sums held in accounts belonging to a young person who lacks mental capacity (without a Lasting Power of Attorney or Court of Protection Order).
On 26 January 2022, probate application fees in England and Wales will increase to £273 for both professional and personal applications, regardless of the size of the estate, under an amendment to the Non-Contentious Probate Fees Order 2004 published in December 2021.
Estates of less than £5,000 will continue to not attract a fee.
Christmas can be a challenging time for many married couples, especially when there are already difficulties in the marriage. Furthermore, 2021 was an extremely turbulent and challenging year what with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the new Omicron variant. Whether the stresses of Christmas have been the final catalyst, or whether it was simply inevitable with a couple having drifted apart, the new year often becomes a time for change.