What does a Probate Paralegal do?
Paperwork – a lot of paperwork. We are not attorneys and we don’t give legal advice, but we can prepare probate paperwork, serve documents, get records, meet appraisers and real estate agents at the property, and help you through the probate process during difficult times.
How much do you charge?
A small percentage of the estate. Probate fees for attorneys are set by California’s Probate Code §10810, but we are not attorneys, so we charge significantly less. Attorney fees are based on the value of the estate as determined by the inventory conducted by the estate’s executor without consideration for the debts of the estate. For example, if a house is appraised at $200,000 but has an outstanding mortgage of $100,000, the house is still valued at $200,000 for the purposes of calculating statutory attorney fees. Fees are as follows:
- Attorney 4% of the first $100,000 of the estate. Without attorney, 1% of the first $100,000 of the estate.
- 3% of the next $100,000. Without attorney, 0.75% of the next $100,000.
- 2% of the next $800,000. Without attorney, 0.50% of the next $800,000.
- 1% of the next $9,000,000. Without attorney, 0.25% of the next $9,000,000.
- 0.5% of the next $15,000,000. Without attorney, 0.125% of the next $15,000,000.
For example, on an estate valued at $150,000, an attorney would charge $4,000 for the first $100,000 value of the estate and $1500 for the remaining $50,000 of the estate for a total of $5,500.
On the other hand, if you choose to use us instead of an attorney, we will charge $1,000 for the first $100,000 value of the estate and $375 for remaining value of the estate for a total of $1,350.
Where are you?
We are in the beautiful Haberfelde Building at 1412 17th Street, Ste. 350 in Bakersfield, California, but we help with probate cases throughout California.
How do we get started?
Give us a call to set an appointment. When you come in, bring all documents you have related to the estate including any will, death certificate, deed, or other document.