Project Description

California Statutory Probate Attorney’s Fees and Executor Commissions

(Probate Code Section 10800 & 10810)

In CA, the probate code sets a statutory fee for attorney’s and personal representatives (executor) for the administration of a decedent’s estate. Additionally, the attorney and personal representative may request and be permitted by the court to receive an amount above this standard fee if extraordinary services are performed. The following fees are only calculated on the value of property subject to probate administration. Property subject to probate administration generally includes the gross value of real estate, business interests, investments, bank accounts, and personal property. Retirement accounts, life insurance, and assets placed in a living trust are generally not subject to probate administration.

Please use the calculator below to estimate Probate attorney’s fees and executor commissions for the administration of estates valued over $150,000.00, but less than $25,000,000.00. A reasonable amount is determined by the court for amounts above $25,000,000.00.


The above listed are strictly lawyer fees. In addition, the Personal representative is entitled to the same compensation. These fees do not include costs such as filing fees, bond fees, publication fees, probate referee fees.