It is not an unreasonable amount for an attorney to handle the probate. By statute reasonable fees based on value of the estate would amount to 4500. Additional fees are allowed beyond that. See if the attorney will
Cap the fees for ordinary services. Remember costs are in addition.
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Contact various probate attorneys in your area. Ask them their rates. Many attorneys will charge a flat rate if the estate is a simple one. It is impossible to determine if it is a simple or complex estate here, but if you have a consultation they should be able to assist you and you can possibly find an attorney that has rates that are more in line with what you and your family can afford.
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I agree with Mr. Dennis. In addition, it should be possible to pay the attorney out of the estate.
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That does seem high - i do not think anyone would hire a $350/hr attorney to handle a $150,000 probate! And yes, there are abuses in the probate system regarding hourly rates.
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