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The impact of a possible increase in Probate Fees

Overview

The legal press has reported that the government proposes to dramatically increase the fees payable to the Probate Registry on an application for a Grant of Probate (where there is a Will) and a Grant of Letters of Administration (if there is not a Will).

If the new fees are approved, executors that are appointed in a Will and administrators who act if the deceased died intestate (both referred to as 'personal representatives') could be required to source funds to pay fees of up to £20,000.

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