California Statutory Probate Attorney’s Fees and Executor Commissions

In California, 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.