Probate Bond (Estate Bond)
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- How much does a probate bond cost?
Prices are a percentage of the bond amount. They will vary depending on the personal credit of the applicant along with the conditions surrounding the estate. If you are just looking for an idea of pricing, you can get a range of costs or you can apply online and get an exact price.
- Is a probate surety bond protection for me?
No. As the executor or fiduciary, you are provided no insurance from the bond. It protects rightful heirs receiving inheritance by guaranteeing you (the executor/fiduciary) will disburse the estate per the will or probate laws; should you fail to do so a claim can be made to make the heirs whole. The bond does not protect any heir that is also the executor or fiduciary.
- Can I get approved for probate bonding without collateral?
Yes. Collateral is not required for most probate bonds. They are usually approved with just your indemnification and premium.
- I have bad credit. Can I still get a bond?
It is possible. However, it depends on the extent of your credit issues. You may be able to get approved if you only have moderate credit problems. Serious credit issues will make you ineligible for bonding. Securing the help of legal counsel will help guide you through the process and increase your chances of getting approved. Fill out our application online to see if you qualify.
- Why is a probate bond required of me?
It protects all rightful heirs of estates in which you are executor or fiduciary by guaranteeing you will abide by the will or probate laws if there is no will. If you do not disburse the estate according to the will or probate laws, a claim can be filed on the bond, which you must repay.
- How do I avoid claims?
Execute the estate in accordance with the will. If there is no will, you must cooperate with the probate law. Watch our video to get a better understanding of claims.
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What Are Probate and Estate Bonds?
Probate bonds, also referred to as estate bonds, protect rightful heirs as they guarantee a fiduciary or executor will handle the estate of a deceased individual according to the will or a court. Other terms used for this bond include executor bonds and fiduciary bonds; although the names vary, they still provide the same guarantee.
What Do Probate Bonds Cost?
Costs are a portion of the bond amount, which vary by the personal credit of the fiduciary or executor and the conditions surrounding the estate; collateral is usually not required. You can use our tool to get a ballpark estimate or apply directly on our website to get an exact price.
How Do Probate Bonds Work?
Probate bonds are required by a court, and the court will vary by the county, township or city where the estate is located, as probate laws vary by jurisdiction. A bond can be required even if the will states that no bond is needed, as it is ultimately left to the judge's discretion. If a fiduciary or executor does not handle the estate according to the will or court orders, a claim can be filed on the bond to ensure the heirs receive the items outlined in the will. The surety company will pay the claim initially, but will come back to the fiduciary or executor for reimbursement.
Can I Get A Probate Bond With Bad Credit?
It is possible, but approvals will depend on the severity of the credit issues. You may be able to get approved for a probate bond with minor credit issues. It helps to have legal counsel, as this will increase the chances of approval and guide you through the process. However, serious credit issues will prevent you from obtaining a probate bond. It is important to understand that surety bonds are a form of credit provided by the surety company, as the surety is guaranteeing that you will fulfill all obligations. Apply online and determine if you qualify.