A common question clients ask is: who pays for the succession or probate of a loved one’s estate? This includes attorney’s fees, court costs, paying estate bills, having the grass mowed at the house, hiring someone to clean up the house, and more. The answer depends on how the succession is handled.
If there is an administrator or executor of the estate, then he or she can use estate funds to pay for the succession. Granted there must be sufficient funds available or the executor might have to sell some property to pay the bills.
If there is no administrator or executor, then the person hiring the attorney usually has to pay. Typically this is an heir or legatee of the decedent. He or she can be reimbursed other expenses of the estate such as paying to keep the electricity on at the home. However, usually all the heirs agree to share the costs of the estate to keep everything fair.
Who will pay in your case? Sometimes this is not an issue, such as when Field Law handles a succession with $0 down. We get paid when you get paid. Use our Free Succession Estimate to get started today.