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Probate Fees

ATTORNEY FEES SUGGESTED BY STATUTE     AVERAGE COSTS

It really is impossible, at beginning of any probate proceeding, to tell exactly how much time and effort will be required to properly bring that proceeding to a close.  Fees in probate administration can be set in a number of ways.

ATTORNEY FEES SUGGESTED BY STATUTE

Florida Statutes, at Section 733.6171(3), outlines what is presumed to be reasonable compensation for attorneys representing a personal representative in a formal estate administration.

  1. $1,500.00 for estates of less than $40,000.00.
     
  2. $2,250.00 for estates of less than $70,000.00.
     
  3. $3,000.00 for estates of less than $100,000.00.
     
  4. Three (3) percent of the value of the estate from $100,000.00 to $1 million.
     
  5. Two and one-half (2 1/2) percent of the estate value from $1 million to $3 million.

The above "reasonable fees" are for ordinary legal services only and do not include such things as will contests, contested claims, tax advice and ancillary administration, to name a few "extraordinary" services sometimes requested of probate attorneys.  Please note that Attorney fees in estate matters are subject to review by the Court for reasonableness.

 

AVERAGE COSTS

In most cases, the legal costs of probate administration will run from $250.00 to $600.00.  These costs include court filing fees, telephone calls, postage and copying costs, publishing notices of probate and other necessary expenses.  This estimate assumes no litigation is involved.

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