Proper estate planning can help save time, save money, and protect the privacy of an estate. Probate expenses can have a wide variance depending on where you live and how much you have in assets. Some states, like California, have specific fee schedules based on the assets you own upon your death. Other states, have subjective fees where the probate statutes simply state that the fees must be reasonable.
These fees for Probate also are based only on assets and ignore any debts, which this means if you own a $500,000 home, and owe $450,000, the probate fees are based only on the $500,000 value of the home, ignoring the mortgage. One thing to keep in mind while reading this is that a properly executed trust can avoid Probate entirely, negating these fees.