What Is the Cost of Probate?

Are you worried about the expense?

Probate is not an easy process, nor is it a cheap one. Before you decide to pursue probate after a relative or loved one has passed away, we encourage you to consult with an Orange County probate lawyer from Mortensen & Reinheimer, PC. Our lawyers can provide the counsel you need to decide if probate is the correct choice for your situation.

California Statutory Fees for Probate

California Probate Code § 10810 provides the statutory limitations on attorney fees for probate according to the value of the decedent's property. For the first $100,000, the limit is 4% and then drops to 3% for the next $100,000. The limit for the next $800,000 is 2%, then 1% for the next $9 million, and then finally 0.5% for the next $15 million. For estates larger than $25 million, the limit is determined by the court. These fees can be charged by attorneys and executors individually, meaning that the fees could be double the amounts listed above. A basic breakdown up to $2 million is shown below:

Estate Value

Attorney Fee Executor Fee
$100,000 $4,000 $4,000
$200,000 $7,000 $7,000
$300,000 $9,000 $9,000
$400,000 $11,000 $11,000
$500,000 $13,000 $13,000
$600,000 $15,000 $15,000
$700,000 $17,000 $17,000
$800,000 $19,000 $19,000
$900,000 $21,000 $21,000
$1,000,000 $23,000 $23,000
$2,000,000 $33,000 $33,000

Additionally, a court filing fee of $435 will be charged for a probate petition, as well as a petition for final distribution. Other fees may apply in some cases, as well. Your best decision at this point would be to speak with a probate lawyer who can provide a qualified evaluation of your case.

Consult with an Orange County Probate Attorney

Are you overwhelmed by these probate fees? Don't be! An Orange County probate attorney from Mortensen & Reinheimer, PC can put your mind at ease by evaluating your situation and guiding you through the process of probate. You may even be able to avoid probate through estate planning and estate administration. However, the first step is to contact a lawyer, so don't wait to fill out our online form and request a consultation. Our attorneys have more than 25 years of collective legal experience and have extensive skill in all areas of probate law, including estate administration and estate litigation.

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