Controversial plans to raise the legal fees payable after death are to be scrapped ahead of the general election.
Probate fees had been due to rise from £155 or £215 to up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales from May.
The government is planning huge rises in the probate fees charged when an individual dies and leaves property to their relatives in a bid to raise an additional £250m a year.
The flat £215 fee will be replaced with a new system of tiered charges that would result in some paying as much as £20,000 for estates worth more than £2m.
Large rises in fees payable after death that will affect millions of people in England and Wales have been confirmed by the government.
The Ministry of Justice will raise probate fees in May to as much as £20,000 for those with the biggest estates.
Farming families will be hit hard if the government succeeds in pushing through a massive hike in probate fees.
The cost could rise from the current £150 flat fee to £20,000 for estates worth more than £2m, which would include most family farms.
The move is outlined in a government consultation designed to raise an additional £250m/year.
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