Probate is the process of your Executor of your will formally proving that such a will exists, and becoming legally named Executor by the appropriate county Register of Wills office. If you need an experienced probate attorney to assist you, call our firm today at (215) 706-0200.
Probate is generally considered easier in Pennsylvania, but there are still costs associated with the process. The main two factors for the cost is the size of your estate, and the complexity of the matter. Also, each county in Pennsylvania sets its own probate fees.
Your Executor is entitled to receive reasonable compensation for his or her work. The attorney that your Executor hires is also compensated. In Pennsylvania, there is a ceiling set by the PA Attorney General for compensation. The link for these rates are here (Scroll down).
To give you an idea of the range of costs for the County fees, here are links to the local County fees for probating a will. Generally, probating a will costs between $200 - $1,000 depending on the size of the estate.
Philadelphia Register of Wills fees
Bucks County Register of Wills fees
Montgomery County Register of Wills fees
Delaware County Register of Wills fees
Chester County Register of Wills fees
Although probate is generally easier in Pennsylvania compared to other states, an Executor still has legal obligations and a fiduciary duty to beneficiaries of the estate. Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to assist you with probate. If we can help you with any probate or estate administration matters, please give our office a call at anytime. (215) 706-0200.