CLA statement on probate fees

21 April 2017

Following a campaign by the CLA and others, the Government has dropped plans that would have seen probate fees rise from £155 up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales.

The Ministry of Justice said there was now not enough time for the legislation – dubbed a “stealth death tax” by critics – to go through Parliament with the general election set to take place on 8 June.

CLA Senior Legal Adviser Roger Tetlow said: “We strongly oppose this unjustified death tax and it is a relief that it will now not be introduced. We will urge the next government to abandon this regressive plan.”