The government has put forward draft proposals to change the current probate fees structure – but who will benefit from these changes? The public purse? Beneficiaries of an estate? The straightforward answer is that in some circumstances, both will. Current probate fees The people who deal with an estate after someone has died are known … Continued
On 21 December 2015, the High Court gave judgment in Lewis v Ward Hadaway  EWHC 3503 (Ch), a case that will have potential consequences for claimants issuing court proceedings to protect their position when the limitation period is about to expire.
From 9 March 2015, the government implemented increased court fees for civil cases. The changes that have been put into place will mainly affect claims valued at £10,000 or more. The new issue fee for cases valued over £10,000 is now five per cent of the value of the claim and capped at a maximum … Continued