In Pennsylvania, there is no legally prescribed amount for fees payable to the probate lawyer or commissions or fees payable to the executor or administrator of the estate. However, all fees and commissions must be “reasonable” in amount. At Drake, Hileman & Davis, we believe that lawyers should charge by the hour for their work and that a law firm should employ qualified paralegals to do as much of the work as possible in order to keep fees reasonable. Some lawyers charge a fixed fee for estate administration work based upon a percentage of the gross value of estate (regardless of debts). We believe that such an approach may result in a windfall payment to the lawyer. The fees paid to the Register of Wills for opening probate are also based on the value of the Estate and vary from county to county and have tended to increase over the years. We can help you with a quick calculation of how much probate might cost you.
Please contact the law firm of Drake, Hileman & Davis for an evaluation of whether or not probate of the estate is necessary, and for a careful estimate of what the fees, costs and expenses of probate will be.
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