Fee increase to be considered on grants of representation on hold until after Easter

Delay helped by members of Solicitors for the Elderly

Article on grants of representation fee increases

In a follow up to our recent article on the proposals for fee increases on grants of representation such as a grant of probate or grant of letters of administration, members of the SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) have been campaigning hard to make sure their voice is heard and to stop the proposed increases.

Today there has been some good news in the press. Following the report by the parliamentary joint committee it has been decided that the fees will be considered in Parliament after Easter.

Although this is not the end it provides hope that the Government will rethink their policy on grant of representation fee increases.

Paddy Appleton, Partner at Hunt & Coombs and a Member of Solicitors for the Elderly says:  

“We are delighted to see the Select Committee has confirmed what was clear from the offset – the Government’s probate fee hikes are nothing more than a backdoor tax and the MOJ has acted beyond its powers in enforcing these changes. 

“By proceeding with these fees, ministers point-blank ignored the views of almost every respondent involved in the consultation process. Since then, SFE has campaigned hard, alongside other organisations, to have these changes reviewed. Although it is unclear what this means for those currently applying for probate ahead of the deadline of 1st May, it seems likely there will be some sort of delay.

“Our hope now is that the Government re-evaluates these fees, and at the very least, finds a fairer way of structuring them”.

If you would like further legal advice concerning any area of Wills, Trusts or Probate please contact Hunt & Coombs on 01733 882800 or email info@hcsolicitors.co.uk.

If you feel strongly against the introduction of these fees you may like to sign the national petition which can be found at www.petition.parliament.uk/petitions/188175.

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Paddy Appleton, Partner

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