24th March 2017
I do understand that probate fees may be an extra worry for families when they are suffering a bereavement.
My starting point on this is it has not been properly thought through. Whilst it is a sensible initiative to reform the existing system, it is a mistake to increase the charges at the top end by quite such a large amount.
My own view is that the fee for the most valuable estates should not be more that £10,000. I think it would be a sensible move if one of the fees were payable until after the estate has actually been wound up and probate granted.