What are probate "costs"?

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


"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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