- 4% of the first $100,000 of the gross estate,
- 3% of the next $100,000,
- 2% of the next $800,000,
- 1% of the next $9,000,000,
- 1/2% percent of the next $15,000,000.
If the estate is larger than $25,000,000, the probate court will determine the fee for the amount in excess of $25,000,000. A personal representative is entitled to be paid the same amount as their lawyers. However, it is important for the personal representative to understand that the fees are typically treated as wages for income tax purposes. Thus, it is important to seek legal advice regarding how to avoid or minimize income taxes. Finally, it should be noted that the fees paid to the probate attorney and the personal representative are paid from the estate assets upon court approval at the close of probate. If you have questions regarding a California probate matter or the cost associated with it, please contact The Legacy Lawyers. If you have been appointed as a personal representative, you are responsible for completing several tasks, and there is little room for error. Dont despair, however. We have helped hundreds of people in your situation. Just call to schedule your no-cost consultation: (714) 963-7543. We can minimize your stress, reduce exposure to personal liability and guide you through an orderly probate process. At The Legacy Lawyers we are dedicated to your peace of mind.