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Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Lawyer

When an individual passes away, his or her assets do NOT automatically transfer to the deceased’s heirs. If the deceased died without a Will, the decedent’s estate has to go through a legal process known as Estate Administration. If the deceased dies with a Will, the Will must be submitted to Surrogates court for a legal process known as Probate. Probate is the process of proving that the decedent’s Will is valid. In both cases certain heirs and potential beneficiaries have to be notified; the process is long and complicated.

Our Estate Administration Attorneys charge $2,500 plus court fees for an uncontested Estate Administration or Will Probate. Uncontested means that nobody challenges the distribution of the assets or the appointment of an administrator/executor. If there is a legal dispute as to either, the process becomes contested and the flat fee does not apply.

Our flat fee of $2,500 includes the following:

Estate Administration

  • Preparing & Filing Petition for Letters of Administration,
  • Preparing & Filing Heirship Affidavit & Family Tree,
  • Preparing & Filing Waivers from necessary parties,
  • Preparing other miscellaneous affidavits and related documents,
  • Appointment of an Administrator,
  • Obtaining Letters of Administration,
  • Advising regarding distribution of assets,
  • Advising regarding filing of taxes, and
  • Advising regarding outstanding debts.

Will Probate

  • Preparing & Filing the Probate Petition with Surrogates Court,
  • Preparing & Filing Heirship Affidavit & Family Tree,
  • Preparing & Filing Waivers from necessary parties,
  • Preparing other miscellaneous affidavits and related documents,
  • Appointment of an Executor,
  • Obtaining Letters Testamentary
  • Advising regarding distribution of assets,
  • Advising regarding filing of taxes, and
  • Advising regarding outstanding debts.


Please note that surrogate court fees are based on the estimated value of the estate. The fees range from $45 to $1,250. Please further note that the services of an accountant and/or appraiser may be necessary depending on the assets involved.

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