Oct 21, 2021
Who to Notify First After a Death
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When a loved one passes away, their estate might have to go through probate. The probate court validates the will and approves the estate executor. Not every estate needs to go through probate--in fact, a small estate might be able to avoid probate altogether. However, a large estate will probably require the executor to go through probate court and pay probate fees, which are specific to each province and territory.
We regularly share relevant information about wills and estates.
In Saskatchewan, attorneys can't charge more than $1,500 in estate administration fees, plus 1% of the first $500,000 of the estate. For the next $500,000, they can't charge more than 0.75% in fees. After that, they can't charge more than 0.50% for the rest of the assets. Some attorneys might charge lower fees, but they can't accept more than the maximum.
To file an application for probate, you'll need to pay $200. You'll have to pay another $25 if you request a Certificate of No Infants. The court also requires a fee of $7 per every $1,000 in the estate. Note that this only applies to assets that go through probate--the court can't charge you for assets that pass directly to the beneficiary. For example, they can't take a cut out of a life insurance policy with a beneficiary listed.
Finally, if the will transfers property to another person, the estate might have to pay Land Titles fees to make it official. If you're the estate executor, make sure you account for these fees before you make any promises to the beneficiaries. Otherwise, they might end up getting less than they expected. An attorney might be able to give you more information about the fees involved and how they could impact the estate.
ClearEstate can help you navigate every step of the entire estate settlement. With our team of attorneys, accountants and other professionals, we can help you minimize fees and go through probate as soon as possible.