As of May 2017, probate fees will be changing. As it stands there is currently a set probate registry fee: £215 if probate is applied for by a family member or friend and £155 if done so by a solicitor.

The fee will now be calculated based on a proportion of the estate’s worth. Fees start at £300, nearly double what you would have paid before, and estates worth millions could now cost the executors £20,000.

However, for estates worth less than £50,000 – and sources state that 58% of estates in the UK fall into this bracket – there will be no probate fee at all.

The table below sets out what the fees for probate will be as of May 2017:


Value of estate: Fee required:
0-£50,000 Nil
£50,001-£300,000 £300
£300,001-£500,000 £1000
£500,001-£1,000,000 £4000
£1,000,001-£1,600,000 £8000
£1,600,001-£2,000,000 £12,000
£2,000,001 or more £20,000