Probate Fees - Another “Tax” and another Government U-Turn?

The recent Budget proposed massive increases to the fee you need to pay to deal with someone’s estate when they’ve died in England and Wales.

What is probate?

Probate is the legal permission that is required to distribute someone’s Will after they have died. A Grant of Probate must usually be obtained before an executor can legally distribute the contents of a person’s estate to the beneficiaries in accordance with the deceased’s will. Probate fees have been designed & used to cover the cost of the Government providing a service for this whole process.