The Law Society Gazette has reported that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been asked to investigate the proposed increase in probate court fees which are intended to come into effect from April this year.
The proposed fees will result in probate fees being on a scale rate based on the size of the estate. Estates with values of more than £2m will be subject to a £6,000 fee.
Any investigation by the CMA would be based on the concept of "fairness". However, it remains unclear whether the CMA has the power to investigate a government department.
A financial advisory group has asked the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) if it can investigate the planned reform of probate fees as the controversial proposal nears final approval in parliament. The LEBC Group said that the changes would cause ‘hardship and distress’ to the bereaved. The row over the reforms escalated yesterday as opposition politicians accused the government of introducing a new tax through secondary legislation. Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable told the Daily Mail that bringing in changes without proper parliamentary scrutiny is a 'clear abuse of power'