Probate Fee Calculator

California Probate Fee Calculator:
Calculate Attorney & Executor Fees

Calculate approximate probate fees in California with our fast, user-friendly tool.
This calculator is for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice.
Enter the approximate value of an estate to estimate the fees you may need to pay to probate attorneys and commissions to the executor for the administration of estates larger than $150K but less than $25M.

Statutory Probate Attorney Fees and Executor Compensation Calculator

Here’s how much probate in California can cost

Why avoid probate in California? What are the costs of letting your heirs go to probate?

Probate can be a costly and time-consuming process. In California, the statutory probate attorney fee and executor commission are based on the total value of the estate, excluding any debts or loans.

According to probate code §10800 & 10810, the attorney fee and executor compensation follow a descending percentage fee structure for estates valued over $150,000 but less than $25,000,000:

  • For the first $100,000 of the estate value, both parties are entitled to 4%.
  • For the next $100,000, they receive 3%.
  • For the following $800,000, they receive 2%.
  • For the next $9 million, they receive 1%.
  • For the following $15 million, they receive 0.5%.
  • For values over $25 million, the court determines the fee.

An Example Calculation

Let’s take an example of an estate worth $2,000,000:

  • 4% of the first $100,000 is $4,000.
  • 3% of the next $100,000 is $3,000.
  • 2% of the next $800,000 is $16,000.
  • 1% of the next $1,000,000 is $10,000.

In this example, the total fee would be $33,000–but both the personal representative and attorney entitled to the same payment. Therefore, the total fee for the executor and probate attorney would be $66,000.

That’s a huge chunk of the original value of the estate lost–likely because the person who passed didn’t have a savvy, updated plan in place that was explained to all the beneficiaries.

What Do We Do?

The lawyers and staff at CunninghamLegal help people plan for some of the most difficult times in their lives; then we guide them when those times come. We offer tremendous expertise in all issues of Estate Planning, including the most complex tax and financial questions. Our experience makes it simple for you to protect your loved ones and your legacy. We also believe that everyone needs access to great Estate Planning, so our rates are competitive.

Make an appointment to meet with CunninghamLegal for California Estate Planning and Trust Administration. We have offices throughout California, and we offer in-person, phone, and Zoom appointments. Just call (866) 988-3956 or book an appointment online.

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Attorney Jim Cunningham.