This is Money - Bereaved families face hefty jump in probate fees to £273, as lawyers claim current waiting time to unlock a loved one's cash is six weeks 

Probate fees that allow bereaved relatives to unlock a loved one's estate will be hiked 27 per cent to a flat £273 on 26 January. Michael Culver, chair of Solicitors for the Elderly, said: 'For the last two years, grieving families have had to deal with extensive delays in probate – and this has only marginally improved.