There are many significant disadvantages to the probate process, such as:
The California Probate Code provides that the fees listed below be paid to the deceased person’s personal representative (aka “executor” or “administrator”) and the attorney for the personal representative.
The size of the estate is based on the fair market value of the estate assets without any deduction for debts or mortgages. For example, if the deceased person’s house is worth $400,000 and there is a mortgage of $375,000, then there is $25,000 of equity in the property. However, the amount subject to probate is $400,000 (the fair market value), not merely $25,000 (the equity).