New Probate Fees from 6th April 2019

On 6th November 2018 the Government announced that from 6th April 2019 probate fees in England and Wales will be increasing.

Probate fees are payable when the Personal Representative of an estate applies for a Grant of Representation (either Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration) in a Deceased’s estate. The Grant allows the Personal Representative to gather in and distribute the assets of the Deceased.

The previous proposal to increase fees in May 2017 was abandoned by the Government due to a general election being called as there was insufficient time for the legislation to be passed through Parliament. However, this was revisited in 2018 and now comes into force on 6th April 2019.

The new probate fee structure is as follows:-

Value of Estate Current Fee New Fee Increase
under £5,000  No fee  No fee  no change
£5,000 – £50,000  £             215.00  No fee  reduction of £215
£50,001 – £300,000  £             215.00  £            250.00  increase of £35
£300,001 – £500,000  £             215.00  £            750.00  increase of £535
£500,001 – £1,000,000  £             215.00  £         2,500.00  increase of £2,285
£1,000,001 – £1,600,000  £             215.00  £         4,000.00  increase of £3,785
£1,600,001 – £2,000,000  £             215.00  £         5,000.00  increase of £4,785
over £2,000,000  £             215.00  £         6,000.00  increase of £5,785

The probate fee is in addition to Inheritance Tax.

If you have any questions or need legal advice contact Dagmara Kulczykowska on 01908 689317 or email dkulczykowska@geoffreyleaver.com

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