Probate: Charitable Donations

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of increased probate fees on levels of charitable giving.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Fixed sum charitable donations will be unaffected by the increased probate fees; the changes will only affect those estates where the deceased has left an entire estate, or a percentage of their residuary estate to charity. No estate will ever pay more than 0.5% of its value in probate fees.

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