A temporary process for probate applications has been introduced by HMRC as we wait for the new probate fee structure to be implemented.

The usual system for getting probate requires the person dealing with the Will to first submit an Inheritance Tax form to HMRC who will then process it.

However, as a temporary measure (until the new fee structure is introduced), HMRC will now accept applications for probate before an Inheritance Tax account has been processed. All applicants should include a note with the probate forms to say that Inheritance Tax paperwork will follow shortly.

It is still unclear when the new probate fees will actually be introduced. They were expected to be implemented on 1st April, but the Ministry of Justice recently announced that there would be a delay.

There has been some confusion about whether the increase in probate fees is classed as a tax. If it were a tax, the changes would have to be included in the Finance Bill and so debated and voted on in Parliament. However, members of the delegated legislation committee agreed with the Ministry of Justice that the mandatory charge on the estates of deceased people was a fee for the provision of services, and not a tax.

John Bell, the senior partner at Get Probate, said:

“If you need to be obtaining a Grant of Probate, you might want to get the process started now before the new fees are introduced. Where an estate is valued at more than £300,000 the new probate fees are going to be expensive – reaching a huge £6,000 for an estate over £2 million.

Get Probate can help you with the probate process – taking some of the stress off you at this difficult time.”

We can get the Grant of Probate for you, leaving you to deal with the rest of the probate process. Or we can deal with the whole probate process for you.

Contact us now for your free probate advice.