What are the Probate Fees in Alberta?

You may wonder what steps you need to take to settle the estate, including what probate fees you need to pay.

Posted on September 21, 2021 by ClearEstate
Consultant and client discussing about probate fees

When a loved one passes and you’ve been named their executor, you may wonder what steps you need to take to settle the estate, including what probate fees you need to pay.

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What is the role of an executor?

An executor of a will is also called a personal representative and carries out the deceased person's wishes. Individuals usually appoint executors as part of the estate planning process and name them in their will.

The executor or personal representative handles funeral arrangements, settles debts, and distributes property. In order to have their authority legally validated, an executor will often have to seek a grant of probate or administration, where the court validates the will and the executor's authority to handle the estate.

If the court validates the will, the executor can move forward with property distribution and handling other estate matters. When a deceased person has not chosen an executor, the court will appoint one. The executor must pay probate fees to get the process started.

How much are probate fees in Alberta?

The current probate fees in Alberta are determined by the size of the estate and are as follows:

Net value of property in the estate Fee
$10,000 or under $ 35
over $10,000 but not more than $25,000$ 135
over $25,000 but not more than $125,000$ 275
over $125,000 but not more than $250,000$ 400
over $250,000 $ 525