Probate Attorney Los Angeles CA & Orange County

In most states, lawyers charge by the hour or collect a flat fee for probate work. Not so in California. It’s one of only a few states that let lawyers charge a “statutory fee”—an amount that is a percentage of the value of the assets that go through probate. The percentages are set out in state statutes. (Cal. Probate Code §§ 10810, 10811.)

Here are the current rates:

  • 4% of the first $100,000 of the gross value of the probate estate
  • 3% of the next $100,000
  • 2% of the next $800,000
  • 1% of the next $9 million
  • .5% of the next $15 million

Estate Value

Statutory Fee

$100,000

$4,000

$200,000

$7,000

$300,000

$9,000

$400,000

$11,000

$500,000

$13,000

$600,000

$15,000

$700,000

$17,000

$800,000

$19,000

$900,000

$21,000

$1 million

$23,000

$1.5 million

$28,000

$2 million

$33,000

$3 million

$43,000

$4 million

$53,000

$5 million

$63,000

$6 million

$73,000

$7 million

$83,000

$8 million

$93,000

$9 million

$103,000

$10 million

$113,000

$15 million

$138,000

$20 million

$163,000