Controversial plans to raise ‘death tax’ scrapped ahead of election : The Telegraph

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Controversial plans to raise fees paid by bereaved families are to be ditched ahead of the election.

Thousands of people faced sharp jumps in probate costs under the proposals due to take effect next month.

But on Thursday night the Ministry of Justice confirmed a statutory instrument on the proposed revisions will not have time to complete its passage through Parliament.

 The issue will now be a matter for the new Government.

Obtaining a grant of probate is the process by which someone is given the authority to deal with the property, money and possessions of someone after they die.

It is usually sought by the executor of a will or a person acting on their behalf. Not all estates need to go through probate, with around half of deaths leading to an application for a grant of probate in England and Wales.

Currently there is a flat charge for applications for a grant of probate of £215 or £155 in relation to all estates with a value of at least £5,000.



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