The astronomical increase in probate fees that is proposed has been widely reported  and has been roundly met with criticism.

The actual cost to the court service of issuing a Grant of Probate is the same, whether the estate in question is worth £50,000 or £5m. However, under this proposal the court fee to obtain Probate will be nothing for a £50,000 estate but £20,000 for a £5m estate.

As this blog over the weekend rightly points out, if the government is seeking to raise further taxes from large estates then surely the way to do that is by altering the inheritance tax legislation, rather than raising the cost of being able to access  a government service.