Controversial plans to raise fees paid by bereaved families are to be ditched ahead of the election.
Thousands of people faced sharp jumps in probate costs under the proposals due to take effect next month.
But on Thursday night the Ministry of Justice confirmed a statutory instrument on the proposed revisions will not have time to complete its passage through Parliament.
The issue will now be a matter for the new Government.
Obtaining a grant of probate is the process by which someone is given the authority to deal with the property, money and possessions of someone after they die.
It is usually sought by the executor of a will or a person acting on their behalf. Not all estates need to go through probate, with around half of deaths leading to an application for a grant of probate in England and Wales.
Currently there is a flat charge for applications for a grant of probate of £215 or £155 in relation to all estates with a value of at least £5,000.
Under the proposed changes this system would have been replaced by a sliding fee scale depending on the value of the estate.
At the lower end, estates worth more than £50,000 and up to £300,000 would have attracted fees of £300 – rising to £20,000 for those valued at more than £2 million.
The new system would also have seen the threshold below which no fee is payable increase from £5,000 to £50,000, lifting an estimated additional 25,000 estates out of the requirement to pay a probatefee per year.
The abandoned reforms were earmarked to raise around £300 million a year towards running the courts and tribunal service.
But they were condemned by critics as a "stealth death tax".