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Cost of Probate
Attorney’s fees and costs are set by law in California and are based upon value of estate. Here is statutory fee schedule in California:
4% of first $100,000 3% of next $100,000 2% of next $800,000 1% of next $9,000,000
What Is Probate?
Probate is judge-supervised process of paying a decedent’s legitimate bills, inventorying and appraising a decedent’s assets, and distributing assets to decedent’s heirs or beneficiaries.
Length of Probate
Most probates take between 6 months and one year. We take pride in fact that most of our probates are handled without a hearing: in S.F. Bay Area, this is done through a system of “pre-granting,” i.e. judge is willing to sign proposed order without an attorney making a court appearance.
David R. Baker graduated from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1979 and passed the California State Bar Exam the same year. The present focus of his practice is Probate, Decedents Estates, and Living Trusts. He can only advise on matters relating to California law and California legal proceedings. His website is: http://www.california-probate-attorney.com/