A combination of a new electronic processing system and incredibly high demand that has put the probate application service under immense stress has resulted in ‘The Ministry of Justice’ (MOJ) looking to increase ‘Grant for Probate’ fees from £155 to £215. This applies to both probate professionals and individuals.
Under the new proposal they are also looking to set a limit with a fee of £273 – regardless of the size of an estate.
The government has said that it currently costs the ‘HM Courts & Tribunals Service’ more to process applications than the fees that it receives resulting in a current deficit of £85 million. The burden for this deficit falls to the UK taxpayer.
The suggested increases will raise between £23 million and £25 million each year with a proposed start for the new fee structure being sometime in 2022. A spokesperson for the MOJ stated that ‘every penny will go towards the cost of processing applications.’ A consultation for the proposed increase is presently underway and is set to run until the 23rd September.
The average time between submitting an application and a grant being issued was 8 weeks. However, this has been significantly extended during the winter wave of the Covid Pandemic. HMCTS has been battling with this surge in applications since February and this has been exacerbated with issues relating to the new online application system; although the online system is now believed to be working fine.
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