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Probating the Estate of a Loved One
How Our Probate Fees Work
The total legal fees for probate cases can vary considerably, depending on the terms of the Will (if there is a Will), the complexity of the estate, the variety of services we are asked to provide, and other factors. For this reason, we generally bill probate cases on an hourly basis, so that your total fees depend on how much work is required on your case.
If there are no family disputes and no unusual legal issues, then of course the total fees will be lower. On the other hand, if there are known disputes among the beneficiaries, or if there are complex legal issues involved, then the total fees will be higher.
We staff your probate case as efficiently as possible, to help hold down your total costs. We require a retainer to begin work on a probate case. We use the retainer funds to pay legal fees (which are billed hourly) and court costs as they are incurred. Retainers can be paid by check or credit card, and the initial retainer amount is approximately $2,950 in most cases. It is important to understand that the initial retainer amount is not a flat fee, and is not the total cost for your case. The total cost depends on how many hours of work are required to complete the legal process for settlement of the estate.
At your initial consultation, we will explain the billing process for your case, the retainer amount, and answer any questions you have about legal fees, court costs and billing.
We accept all major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), as well as checks.