The Ministry of Justice is considering a Fee increase from the current £155 for Solicitor represented applicants and £215 individuals respectively, to a flat fee of £273.
The law society takes the view that an increase in Fees is without justification.
The Law Society president has said the following – ‘The MoJ’s persistence of raising fees in the probate service is worrying, particularly when there are continued and significant delays to the probate service,’ said Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce. ‘With so many applications now online and the expansion of court and tribunal service centres to centralise administration, it is unclear why probate service overheads have increased to justify such a significant fee hike.’
With Probate applications now taking on average 14 weeks it is clear that the government needs to address Probate Registry shortcomings however merely charging more for less is unacceptable.