Estate Planning FAQs: What Is the Cost of Probate?

Probate is a process that takes place under the supervision of a court. During this process there is a proving of the will. The probate court examines the will to make sure that it is valid. When you draw up your last will, you name an executor or personal representative. This is the person who will handle the business of the estate after you pass away. The probate court supervises the overall administration of the estate along the way. Probate is in place to provide protections and oversight, but there are some negatives that go along with the process. Probate Costs Probate is not free by any stretch of the imagination. The executor is going to be putting forth a lot of time and effort during the process, so the executor is entitled to remuneration. The court will charge fees that currently exceed $900, and the executor will typically bring in a probate lawyer, so there are legal fees.  In California, executor and attorney fees are set by statute.  The fee for ordinary services on


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