Some States Have Skyrocketing Probate Fees – Reasons to Love South Dakota but You Still May Wish to Avoid Probate Court

Be thankful if you do not live in Connecticut, do not own property in Connecticut and do not plan on moving to Connecticut. On July 1, 2015, the Connecticut probate court gained the distinction of charging the highest probate fees in the United States. In an astonishing development, the Connecticut legislature voted to completely remove general fund support for the state’s probate courts for the next two fiscal years. In doing this they created a $32 million deficit. Probate courts have to function, so the shortfall had to be covered. In order to do so, the courts were left with no alternative but to charge higher fees. In the past there was a $12,500.00 cap on probate fees; that cap has be