Originally Posted by LisaB4657
Is probate particularly expensive? I've never handled one for a client but I don't recall any substantial expenses the one time I was involved in one.
I suppose it depends on the state to some degree. Publication of a notice to creditors can be somewhat costly. And creation of the required paperwork can be time consuming.
I have always been annoyed by the fact that what should be in many cases an inexpensive, do-it-yourself process instead costs widows and orphans thousands they don't have. This is, in many cases, simply because judges and legislators are too lazy or stupid to devise an efficient process. The probate codes have safeguards which in many cases result in huge unnecessary expenses.
And probate practitioners for the most part don't care. In fact, in this state, a pro se
petition is prohibited by the probate code.
I will admit, however, it is slowly getting better. When my dad died intestate in '68, I was 19, and of course knew nothing about probate. As I recall, at that time it was necessary to hire a professional appraisal of the estate, in part because attorneys had adopted a (monopolistic) requred fee schedule requiring them to charge a set percentage of the estate's value. That was later abolished somehow.