Experts have criticised new government plans, which will see grieving families hit with hefty bills of up to £6,000 under a stealth 'death tax'. 

The cost of securing probate – legal control over a deceased's estate – is to soar from next April.

Families will face charges from £250 on estates valued at between £50,000 to £300,000, all the way through to £6,000 for those estates worth more than £2 million.

This means around 280,000 families a year will have to pay more than the current £215 fee – with 56,000 of them facing bills of £2,500 to £6,000. 

The Ministry of Justice is expected to rake in an extra £185 million a year from the charges by 2022 to 2023.

Rebecca Fisher appears in the FT Adviser saying "new death tax will see the dramatic increase in the fees paid by families when winding up the estate of a loved one".

Who is hardest hit by stealth death tax revealed is available to read on the FT Adviser website.

Rebecca is a partner in the private client group advising families and individuals on all aspects of private client law including willsestate planningadministration of estatestrusts and powers of attorney.