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LAW firm Trethowans has welcomed the government U-turn on an increase in probate fees.

Under controversial plans, probate fees were due to rise from £155 or £215 to up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales from May.

However, the Ministry of Justice has now said there is not enough time for the legislation to go through parliament.

A senior Conservative declined to say if the scheme would return if the prime minister was re-elected, suggesting a U-turn.

Trethowans, the lead sponsor for The News’ Business Excellence Awards, has welcomed the news.

Mihiri Gajraj, head of the private client team, said: ‘The announcement is a welcome one. The proposed probate fees certainly fit the term “stealth death tax” and with many estates already paying inheritance tax, an additional tax seems unfair.’