Member Of:
Google Reviews
Yelp Reviews
Avvo Client's Choice Award 2019
Justia Lawyer Rating
Martindale-Hubbell 2019

How Lengthy and Expensive is Probate?

How time consuming is the probate process? Although the Executor has the option to distribute some of the decedent’s property earlier, by law the probate cannot be completed and closed up until at least six months after the decedent passed away. And although there are certainly cases of probate dragging on for years, most cases can be wrapped up in less than one year.

How expensive is the process? While it may vary depending upon the attorney involved, the magnitude of any creditor claims, and any disagreements which may arise between the heirs, probate can typically run anywhere from as little as about $2,000 to as much as $5,000 dollars including court filing fees, attorney fees, and the cost to publish the Notice to Creditors in the local newspaper. On top of that, the Executor is also entitled to “reasonable compensation” which will vary depending on the amount of time that he or she is required to spend on the process. And for married couples, these numbers are doubled because of the requirement of a separate probate as each spouse passes away.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
Cadillac service for a great price! No complaints, only compliments. We appreciate your "personal touch" and easygoing style. Paul Jansen
★★★★★
I was completely satisfied with the entire process. In a few short weeks I had a completed trust tailored to my specific needs. It was so easy! The timeline and costs were stated up front, and every aspect was handled with the utmost professionalism, what more could one ask for? The website is extremely helpful. 5 stars to Barry Peters! Melissa S.
★★★★★
Thank you very much for your help with the closing of Mom’s house, it is now scheduled to close Monday. You were the only person that said we can beat all of this. Other attorneys told us to walk away. We put our faith in you Mr. Peters and came out on top. Thank you again. Michael E.