What are probate "costs"?

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Question:

The probate lawyer says I'll have to pay "costs" in addition to the hourly fee she charges. What does that mean?

Answer:

"Costs" are how lawyers refer to all the miscellaneous expenses that arise during a probate or other court proceeding. They can add up to a considerable sum, depending on the circumstances. Some examples include:

  • court filing fees
  • postage
  • publication of legal notices in the newspaper
  • property appraisals
  • recording fee for real estate deeds

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