There are a variety of fees involved in a Miami estate including court fees, executor compensation, attorney’s fees, accounting fees, real estate brokerage commissions, if estate property is bought or sold, appraisal fees, property management fees in connection with management and maintenance of estate property or collection of rents.

Court Fees

The following is a list of Miami-Dade Court fees that may be associated with a Miami estate:

Opening an estate; open a safe-deposit box; enter rooms and places; determination of heirs; foreign guardian $232.00
Caveat and notice of trusts $ 40.00
Petition and order to admit foreign wills $232.00
Disposal of personal property without administration $232.00
Summary administration for estate < $1,000 $236.00
Summary administration for estate >= $1,000 $346.00
Formal & ancillary administration, curatorship and conservatorship $401.00
Guardianship of person only $236.00
Formal guardianship $401.00
V.A. guardianship $236.00
Petition for incapacity $232.00
Appeal to District Court of Appeals-check written to District Court $300.00
Appeal to District Court of Appeals:
Collected by Clerk
$100.00
Filing of verified inventory valued at
> $25,000
$ 85.00
Filing annual accounting for estate valued at
<= $25,000
$ 20.00
Filing annual accounting for estate valued at
$25,000 to $100,000
$ 85.00
Filing annual accounting for estate valued at $100,000.01 to $500,000 $170.00
Filing annual accounting for estates valued at > $500,000 $250.00
Filing fee for reopening a case $ 50.00
Attorney appearing pro hac vice $100.00

Executor and Attorney’s Fees

There are also statutory base fees for compensation to executors and attorneys fees and fees for extraordinary services such as managing the decedent’s business or devoting time to the sale of estate real or personal property, homestead, will contest and other estate litigation matters that may arise.

The basic executor’s fee/compensation is:

  • 3% for the first $1million
  • 2.5% for estates valued between $2-$5 million
  • 2% for estates valued between $5-$10 million
  • 1.5% for the remainder of an estate valued at over $10 million

On estates that have a value of over $100,000 two co-executors may each receive their full compensation.

Florida statute allows estate lawyers to charge for routine and ordinary attorney’s fees in connection with the probate of a formal Florida estate as follows:

(a)  One thousand five hundred dollars for estates with a value of $40,000 or less

(b)  An additional $750 for estates having a value of more than $40,000 and not exceeding $70,000

( c) An additional $750 for estate having a value of more than $70,000 and not exceeding $100,000

(d)  For estates exceeding a value of $100,000 3% on the next $900,000

(e)  2.5% over $1milion and not exceeding $3 million

(f)  2% for over $3 million and not exceeding 5 million

(g) 1.5% for estates having a value over $5 million and not exceeding $10 million

(h) 1% over 10 million

The attorney may receive fees for extraordinary services such as handling a will contest or other litigation against the estate, representing the estate in a tax audit or additional tax planning advice, reviewing estate tax returns, services in connection with the purchase and sale of estate property and other out of the ordinary estate matters that may arise.

For questions involving estate fees, assistance with the administration of a Miami estate or estate litigation matters, it is recommended that you speak with a Miami estate attorney.

If you wish to speak to a Miami estate attorney, call theLaw Offices of Albert Gurevich at (786) 522-1411.