The cost of probate depends on several factors. One of the most important is the state where the decedent lived. The cost of probate varies from state to state, depending on the general cost of living in the state and state probate laws. Other factors also impact the cost of probate.
Nasdaq.com’s recent article entitled “How Much Does Probate Cost?” provides a breakdown of fees associated with probate. The process of probating an estate will settle the estate after the decedent's death and following their last will and testament. It’s also used for those who die without a will or intestate. Assets owned only by the decedent are usually addressed in the will and are distributed according to the decedent's wishes. An executor is usually named in the will, and an administrator of the estate is appointed in the case of a decedent dying intestate. The executor takes an inventory of the decedent's assets, pays the decedent's outstanding debts and presents the inventoried estate to the court for settlement. If there are no objections to the will, the estate is closed. If there are objections, the probate judge is responsible for settling them. The longer the probate process drags on, the more expensive it will be.
Probate can be a time-consuming process. A modest estate may take six to 24 months to settle. Larger estates can take even longer, if they’re complex. It also necessary to add in more time if the will’s contested or beneficiaries can't be found. The longer the process, the more expensive it becomes. Probate costs in 2021 run about 3% to 8% of the value of the estate. Let’s look at the key costs of probate:
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Reference: Nasdaq.com (Feb. 2, 2023) “How Much Does Probate Cost?”