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BC Probate Fees Calculator

BC has one of the highest probate fee structures in the country. Use our calculator to gain an accurate estimate of Probate tax owed by the estate.

How Is The Probate Fee Calculated In BC?

Set in place by British Columbia's PROBATE FEE ACT [SBC 1999] CHAPTER 4 - The probate fee is calculated based on the "gross value" of the estate. In simple terms, the gross value is the total value of all the assets (things of value like a house, car, money in bank accounts, etc.) that belonged to the deceased. Importantly, it doesn't include any debts or money owed by the deceased.

How Much is the Probate Fee in BC?

  • $0 No Fee for the first $25,000 of the gross estate value
  • $6 for every $1,000 (or part of $1,000) by which the estate's value is more than $25,000 but not more than $50,000.
  • An additional $14 for every $1,000 (or part of $1,000) by which the estate's value is more than $50,000.

Exceptions To The Probate Fee

There are specific situations where no probate fee is required:

  1. In the case of a grant de bonis non (when a previous executor can't finish the job), a cessate grant (when an executor stops doing their duties), or a double probate (when more than one executor is involved, but they can't or don't want to work together).
  2. If the total value of the deceased's estate is $25,000 or less.

Addressing Undisclosed or Undervalued Assets

If, after the grant or resealing has been issued, the representative learns about an asset that wasn't previously reported or finds out that an asset was undervalued, they have a responsibility to report this to the court. The representative must then pay the government the difference in the probate fee that would have been due if the asset had been accurately disclosed or valued in the original Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Distribution.

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