Pro­bate fees

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – Hav­ing been an ex­ecu­tor four times, I have al­ways had ex­cel­lent ser­vice from the Pro­bate Of­fices, pay­ing a rea­son­able fee on each oc­ca­sion. I un­der­stood that their prime func­tion is to en­sure that the per­son seek­ing Grant of Pro­bate is the cor­rect in­di­vid­ual. The ac­tual value of the es­tate is ir­rel­e­vant, ex­cept for as­sess­ing the ne­ces­sity or oth­er­wise of in­her­i­tance tax.

The pro­posal to in­crease this fee rel­a­tive to the value of the es­tate (Money, Novem­ber 18) is un­rea­son­able and does not re­flect any ad­di­tional ad­min­is­tra­tive cost. It is there­fore no dif­fer­ent from an ex­tra tax. Michael Page

Blew­bury, Ox­ford­shire

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