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:|
|£2,000,001 or more||£20,000|