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Estate Planning & Probate Fees

This is a list of our prices for commonly requested estate administration procedures in the Probate Courts. Unless otherwise noted, these prices include all court costs. In determining which method of probate to use, we will always choose the simplest and most practical method possible. Depending upon your situation, certain probate options may or may not be available to you under the law. Unusual situations may increase or decrease these prices.

Independent Procedures    
Independent Administration established by will $2,000.00 -
Court appointed Independent Administration $250.00 - $350.00 per hour / $2,500.00 minimum retainer
Court appointed Successor Independent Administration $250.00 - $350.00 per hour / $2,500.00 minimum retainer
Qualified Community Administration $1,950.00  
Dependent Procedures    
Dependent Intestate Administration $250.00 - $350.00 per hour / $5,000.00 minimum retainer
Dependent Testate Administration $250.00 - $350.00 per hour / $2,500.00 minimum retainer
Summary Procedures    
Probate of will as Muniment of Title $1,800.00  
Order of No Necessity of Administration $1,200.00  
Collection of small estate by affidavit $1,200.00  
Affidavits of heirship $400.00 each
Proceedings to declare Heirship $1,500.00 with credit toward Permanent Administration
Temporary Administration $2,500.00 minimum with credit toward Permanent Administration
Application for partition and distribution $250.00 - $350.00 per hour / $1,500.00 minimum retainer
Informal family settlements and disclaimers $250.00 - $350.00 per hour
Foreign Wills    
Summary probate of a foreign will probated in domiciliary jurisdiction $1,250.00  
Filing foreign will as a Muniment of Title $1,200.00  
Original probate of foreign will in Texas $1,950.00 Price may be slightly higher if will does not meet requirements of Texas law
Property Inherited by Minors    
Property inherited by a minor under Uniform Gifts to Minors Act $250.00 - $350.00 per hour
Sale of property of a minor by a parent without guardianship (property must not exceed $100,000.00) $1,500.00  
Payment of claims without guardianship and administration of terminated guardianship assets Tex. Estates Code �1355.001) $750.00  
Preparation of Wills    
Simple will (Property to spouse or adult children) $400.00  
Will with trust provisions for minor children $500.00  
Will with trust provisions and guardianship designations $550.00  
Estate Planning for Taxable Estates (Estates valued at $5 million or more)    
Living Trust, Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives $2,500.00 - $5,000.00  
Tax Planning Wills containing trust provisions $1,800.00  
Life Insurance Trusts $2,500.00  
Miscellaneous Documents    
Living will $25.00  
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care $75.00  
Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Affairs $75.00  
Designation of Guardian in the Event of Future Need $50.00  
Planning for Medicaid    
Supplemental Needs Trusts $1,500.00  
Miller's Trusts $1,500.00  
Plenary Guardianship of Person and Estate $2,800.00  
Guardianship of Person Only $2,500.00  
Guardianship of Estate Only $2,500.00  
Annual Accountings $750.00-$2,500.00  
Final Accountings $750.00-$2,500.00  
Transfer of Guardianships    
    Between Texas Counties $950.00  
    Between States $1,500.00  
    Between Countries    
        Hague Convention Signatories $3,000.00 - $5,000.00  
        Non-Hague Convention Depends upon circumstances Translation services are extra
Trusts  $3,500.00 Includes drafting documents, court review and approval, and funding