How is the probate fee calculated?
Probate fees are calculated based on the size of a person’s estate when they die. In general, it is based on the fair market value of all property held solely in their name on the date of death. This includes real estate, vehicles, bank accounts, and personal effects including artwork and jewelry.
If any property was owned jointly as “tenants-in-common”, only the deceased’s share of the value is included in their estate. If the property was owned in “joint tenancy with right of survivorship”, its value is not included in the estate as the ownership passes directly to the surviving joint owner.
When calculating the probate fee, generally the value of debts owed on a mortgage or lien on a property can be subtracted. However, other debts such as mortgages or liens on property outside of the province the person lived in, credit card debt, car loans, lines of credit, or any taxes owed, cannot be subtracted.