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David Price & Co.



Powers of Attorney

Tel: 01296 612955


Probate fees increase from 26th January 2022

With effect from 26th January 2022, the fee charged by the Probate Registry to issue a Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration has increased from £215 to £273.  The charge for additional copies of the Grant remains the same at £1.50 each.

Registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney

I recommend that Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) as soon as they have been signed because until an LPA has been registered, it cannot be used.  This could mean that if you leave the registration until the LPA is needed, your Attorneys will be faced with a delay before they can assist you.

Pre-Covid, that registration process was taking about 10 weeks which was increased to 12 weeks early in 2021.  However, towards the end of 2021, the OPG published on its website that it could now take up to 20 weeks for the registration, so I feel it is even more important than ever to send the LPAs for registration as soon as possible.

Coronavirus update - 22nd June 2020

Now that the lockdown restrictions have been eased slightly, I am once again able to have face-to-face meetings, although of course we should take into account the Government's "social distancing" guidelines.  However, if you are still uneasy about such meetings, I am happy to advise you by telephone, e-mail, post and video-conferencing.

Coronavirus update - 21st April 2020

Although face-to-face meetings are not possible at the moment, I am still working and able to assist you with Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate & Estates by telephone, e-mail, post and video-conferencing, so please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Probate fees update - 21st June 2019

As you may have seen in the media, the Probate Court fees were due to increase (in some cases substantially) from 1st April. However, as MPs were too busy discussing Brexit, the legislation was not put before Parliament.

There was then some talk of it coming before Parliament in mid May, but that also did not happen!

The consequence is that the fees for personal applications remain at £215 for the time being and the consensus seems to be that the legislation is very unlikely to come before Parliament before the Summer recess.

As you can imagine, the Probate Registry was swamped with applications during February and March and this, combined with the introduction of a new computer system for issuing Grants of Probate, has resulted in a large backlog. At the moment it therefore seems to be taking about 8 or 9 weeks for them to issue Grants, instead of the usual 4 weeks, and clients have told me that they are not even able to get through to the Registry by telephone to check on the progress of applications.

It remains to be seen what will happen when (or if) the legislation comes before Parliament.

Good news on Probate Court fees! - 21st April 2017

It has been announced today (21st April 2017) that the increase in Probate Court fees, which was due to take effect next month, will not now go ahead as there is insufficient time to get the legislation through Parliament before the General Election in June.

However, there is the chance that the fees will increase later this year after the election, so there is still an incentive to make applications for Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration as soon as possible.

Please call or e-mail me for a quote and assistance.

01296 612955

Reduction in Lasting Powers of Attorney registration fees - 1st April 2017

Although it in no way makes up for the large increase in Probate fees (see below), one small piece of good news is that from 1st April 2017 the Office of the Public Guardian has reduced the fee to register a Lasting Power of Attorney from £110 to £82 (or only £41 if your income is below £12,000 per year). Despite the unfortunate choice of date, this does not appear to be an April Fool's joke as all the forms have been amended!

The reduction in fees means there has never been a better time to grant Lasting Powers of Attorney to ensure that someone can look after your interests when you are no longer capable of making decisions yourself, so call or e-mail me today for a quote or no-obligation discussion or to arrange an appointment.

01296 612955

Large increase in Probate Court fees from May 2017

Unfortunately, despite universal opposition and protests from various professional bodies, the Government has decided to press ahead with huge increases in the fees payable to the Courts in order to obtain a Grant of Probate.

At the moment, the fixed fee payable to the Court for the issue of a Grant is £215, with no fee payable if the value of the Estate is below £5,000.

However, from May 2017, fees will increase dramatically and will be on a sliding scale based on the value of the Estate. This means that the minimum fee will be £300, but that will only apply if the Estate is worth between £50,000 and £300,000 (the £5,000 limit below which no fee is payable is being increased to £50,000).

If the Estate value is between £300,000 and £500,000 the fee will be £1,000 and if it is between £500,000 and £1 million, you will have to pay a £4,000 fee!

For higher value Estates the fees are even more, with the maximum being £20,000 on Estates worth over £2 million.

What's more, the fees have to be paid before the Grant is issued and in my experience Probate fees are not one of the costs for which banks are willing to release money before seeing the Grant of Probate (generally they only release money to pay funeral costs and Inheritance Tax). Sadly, the Government's view is that if banks will not release money to pay the fees, then the Executors will have to find the money from some other source and then claim it back from the Estate once the Grant has been issued.

If you are currently dealing with an Estate and require assistance to complete the papers and submit them before the new fees come into force, please call or e-mail me today.

01296 612955