Joanne Tillotson from our Wills & Probate Team comments on this recent news from the Ministry of Justice;

 “This recent Government announcement to go ahead with their proposals to increase probate fees is at the very least hugely disappointing. Although still only a proposal the affect of such an increase will be felt by many of our clients. 

The SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) have made a statement announcing that they too are ’extremely disappointed’ by such a proposal and that their rejection of such an increase has ‘been ignored’. 

It is our fear that such an increase will affect our clients at a point in their lives where the added worry of paying such high probate fees are unnecessary and adds further complications at an already deeply upsetting time. 

There are many concerns to be raised with such a proposal. First and foremost being the detrimental effect on our clients, which will certainly be profound, if the proposal gets the go head.”