How expensive is probate?

The total cost of probate will vary depending on the estate’s value, but a good rule of thumb is to plan on all probate-related costs and fees, including statutory attorney’s fees and personal representative compensation, to be between 7% and 10% of the value of the estate.  If the probate involves litigation, complex assets, or business operations, and the attorney has to render extraordinary legal services, the price tag can be much higher.