Increase in Probate Fees in 2022

The Ministry of Justice are proposing to increase the Probate Fee from £155.00 for probate professionals and £215.00 for personal applicants to a flat fee of £273.00 for all applicants, regardless of the size of the estate. A Grant of Probate is a document issued by the Probate Registry which gives Executors the legal authority [...]

2022-06-23T10:08:37+00:00July 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Two new solicitors join – Press Release

Two new solicitors have joined long-established law firm Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand as it continues to expand. Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand, which has offices in Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale, has taken on Helen McCabe and Laura Brereton to further strengthen its already experienced private client department team. Clare Love, a partner and head of the department, who has been [...]

2020-11-02T10:02:58+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Proposed Probate Fees Increase Scrapped

Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland, has confirmed that the Ministry of Justice has abandoned the planned probate fee increase originally proposed last November which suggested an increase from a flat fee of £155 to a six-band fee structure with estates worth £2m or more being charged £6,000 to obtain a Grant of Probate. The changes were [...]

2019-10-14T14:59:37+00:00October 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Government resurrects probate fee increase

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be a difficult time.  For those people appointed to act as Executors, the task they have ahead can also sometimes be complicated. In many estates one of the responsibilities of an Executor is to obtain the Grant of Probate from the Probate Registry.  This is also [...]

2018-11-23T09:34:07+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unsent text accepted as a Will

A BBC article reports that an unsent text has been accepted as a dead man’s Will by courts in Australia: This is not binding on the UK courts but it is an interesting development. Currently the UK law relating to the validity of Wills is based on legislation which is 180 years old this year [...]

2017-10-12T08:40:53+00:00October 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Haven’t made a Will? Tell us why!

Did you know that 40% of people in the UK die without making a Will – that's between 200,000 and 250,000 every year. The Law Society is currently consulting on modernising the law surrounding Wills. As part of this consultation they are asking: - what the main barriers people see to making a Will are; [...]

2018-02-09T17:24:26+00:00July 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Probate fees to skyrocket in May 2017

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be an emotionally difficult time.  For those people appointed to act as Executors, the task they have ahead can also sometimes be complicated. In many estates one of the responsibilities of an Executor is to obtain the Grant of Probate from the Probate Registry.  This is [...]

2018-02-09T17:24:26+00:00March 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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