The filing fees in California’s courts are not the same in all counties. Here is a list of San Bernardino fees in a simple probate case:
Petition filing fee: $435.00 is the filing fee for a Petition for Probate, Spousal or Domestic Property Petitions, and Petitions to Determine Succession to Real Property. Payment is made payable to the Clerk of the Court. Except for the Spousal or Domestic Property Petition and the Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property, the filing fee for the Petition for Probate will be paid twice. It is required when the case begins with the Petition for Probate and once more when the case is ready to close with the filing of the Petition for Final Distribution.
Court reporter fee: An additional $30.00 fee is required when each of the petitions listed above are presented to the court. This fee represents payment for the court reporter which is required for each court appearance.
Legal Publication: After the Petition for Probate is filed and a hearing is set, the Notice of Petition to Administer Estate will need to be published in a San Bernardino County adjudicated newspaper before the Court will appoint a personal representative. Depending on which newspaper is used, the typical cost is approximately $220.00. The amount of circulation is the main variable that determines the cost. The publication cost is paid directly to the newspaper.
Probate Referee fee: The probate referee is a court-appointed appraiser who charges 1/10 of 1% of the value of the estate at the time of death.
Bond fee: If the San Bernardino County Probate Court determines that a bond is required, the personal representative will have to pay the bonding company for the protection of the estate. The cost of a bond starts at less than $200.00 and increases with the estate value.
Attorney fee: Attorney’s fees are set by state guidelines in a standard probate and are also based on the value of the estate. Currently the general fees are 4% of the first $100,000 of the estate, 3% of the next $100,000, 2% of the next $800,000, and on and on…
Legal Document Assistance: Many self-represented litigants use the service of a professional bonded and registered Legal Document Assistant. A good LDA will save those who are capable of handling their own simple probate thousands of dollars.
If you are starting a San Bernardino probate, please call us for any additional information. Just Document Preparation has been in business since 1996 and has the experience and knowledge to help with your San Bernardino probate. Use our contact form here or view our phone numbers for our different locations here.