Aug 05, 2022
The 12 stages of the probate process in California
The probate process in California can be confusing and lengthy, we've laid it out for you in an easy 12-stage process. Read our blog post below!
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If you’re an estate executor overseeing a large, complex estate, you’ll most likely have to go through probate to get the will validated and be able to carry out your responsibilities as executor. Probate isn’t cheap, however.
Applying for probate in and of itself will cost an executor an initial filing fee of $435. Executors will also have to cover a final distribution filing fee of $435 as well. And if an executor chooses to enlist the help of an attorney, they’ll have to face those fees as well.
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In California, an attorney’s fees are determined by the California Probate Code § 10810. FYI: This fee structure is actually also the same as the executor fee structure. An attorney’s statutory fees are broken down like this:
Want a more in-depth explanation of the probate fees you may face in California in 2022? Check out our latest blog post on probate fees in California here.
The larger the estate, the larger an attorney’s compensation will be. In addition to these statutory fees, an attorney may also charge extraordinary fees for estates that require more work, such as dealing with tax audits or irregular legal suits.
As you can probably imagine, attorney fees usually make up the largest expense when going through probate. Luckily, a lawyer is not a necessity to navigate the probate process. With the help of an experienced and dedicated partner like ClearEstate, you can be sure to confidently handle the challenges of settling an estate while saving a big chunk of change. Get in touch for a consultation today.