CLA reacts to MPs' comments on 'unlawful' probate fees proposals

06 April 2017

The CLA is calling on Government to rethink its proposed changes to probate fees, which an influential parliamentary committee has described as "unlawful".

The changes could see estates being charged up to £20,000 for a grant of probate, up from the current flat fee of £155.

CLA President Ross Murray has said: “The changes act essentially as another tax on death, and bear no relation to the cost of the service provided. The Ministry of Justice should feel ashamed about seeking to impose a back door tax on the bereaved, and this issue must now be subject to further parliamentary scrutiny.”