The motion to approve the Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order had been due to be voted on in the House of Commons for some time.
If approved, this would have seen probate fees rise from the existing fixed fee of £215 (£155 with a solicitor) to up to £6,000, depending on the size of the estate.
Earlier in September the proposal formally lapsed – much to the relief of practitioners and bereaved families – due to the prorogation of Parliament.
However, now that the prorogation has been ruled as null and void, it begs the question as to what next for probate fees. We will be monitoring the situation closely and issuing updates as things become clearer.