It has always been my understanding that the probate fee is an administration fee reflecting the time and effort involved in issuing a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration. If that is the case, it's hard to see how such a steep increase in fees can be justified. For £20,000 I think I would expect a gold-plated grant. STEP and others have expressed concern to the Ministry of Justice by way of formal response and it will be interesting to see if these comments are taken on board. Watch this space...