Despite the proposed fees increase which was expected in April 2019, as I write today the fees are still at the same flat rate.

That is £155 or £215 (the lower rate being for those who apply via a solicitor) for a Probate Registry application for all estates over £5,000.

With fees of up to £6,000 looming, when can the rise be expected to bite?

The draft Order containing the fee increases has yet to be approved by the House of Commons. Against a backdrop of Brexit, the draft Order has yet to be scheduled for debate in the Commons. Parliament has just taken its 'Spring Recess', meaning that a debate will not now be scheduled until mid June at the earliest. As noted by the Ministry of Justice, Brexit matters have to take precedence over the draft Order. With this in mind, as well as the Summer Recess for Parliament coming into sight (late July until September), it might be that discussion of the draft Order is pushed further down the line. Furthermore, with the Government in turmoil and the possibility of a General Election on the cards, there is also a slight possibility that the draft Order may be abandoned completely during a leadership change. 

Should the Order get approval, at this point the Lord Chancellor has to proceed with the order to start the 21 day 'notice period' running. On the expiry of 21 days, the fee increase will be in force.

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