UPDATE: Government proposals for Probate Court Fee hike postponed in the wake of the General Election announcement.

The Government has postponed its controversial plan to increase probate court fees, stating there would be insufficient time to draft the statutory instrument which would introduce the proposals before the general election on8 June 2017.

The proposed changes would have replaced the current flat fee of £155/£215 with a fee scale based on the value of the estate. The new proposals would have introduced fees ranging from £300 to a maximum of £20,000 for those estates worth over £2m.

The proposals had attracted widespread criticism from the legal profession and some MPs, who argued that the proposals were simply a form of taxation which the Ministry of Justice had no power to decide.

Although the proposals have been postponed for the time being, there remain legitimate concerns that the proposals may be revisited post the general election.