The personal representative (executor or administrator) handling the probate of an estate AND the attorney representing the personal representative are each entitled to the statutory fees shown on this schedule.


4.0% on first $ 100,000
3.0% on next $ 100,000
2.0% on next $ 800,000
1.0% on next $ 9,000,000
0.5% on next $ 15,000,000
Reasonable amount above $ 25,000,000


Please use the calculator below to estimate Probate attorney’s fees and executor commissions for the administration of estates valued over $166,250, but less than $25,000,000 based on Gross Estate Value (no deduction for loans or set-offs). A reasonable amount is determined by the court for amounts above $25,000,000.

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*This probate fee calculator is for informational purposes only and should not be considered nor relied on in place of legal advice as it is only a general estimate based on California Probate Code Section 10810’s general provisions and is not fact specific.

Extraordinary Fees: If extraordinary services (such as sale of real property) are performed by either the personal representative or the attorney, the Court, at its discretion, may also award each additional fees that are reasonable for the services provided.

Other Costs: In addition, there will be court filing fees, bond premiums, publication fees, etc.

In most cases, probate is easy to avoid, and yet many people fail to do so. There are only a limited number of ways to avoid probate. What will actually work for you will depend on your own unique family and financial situations.

A Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Specialization will be able to help create the best plan for you.