Probate Bond Guide

Why do you need a probate bond?

You are required to obtain a bond when you are named as a fiduciary or executor to protect the rightful heirs of an estate. If you do not handle the estate of a deceased individual according to the will or a court, a claim can be filed on your bond.

Top 5 Things You Need To Know

Frequent Questions

Yes. Collateral is not required for most probate bonds. They are usually approved with just your indemnification and premium.

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.

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.

You must contact the claims department of the surety company who wrote your bond and provide proof that the claim is false.

They 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.

Surety Bonds do not protect you

The bond is a form of insurance for your clients, which is why many businesses proudly list that they are bonded on their marketing material. However, you will be required to reimburse the bonding company should a claim be paid out.

Why you must avoid claims at all costs

Fidelity Bonds protect your business

You can protect your business from employee theft and fraud by purchasing a fidelity bond. You can read more in our fidelity bond section.

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Bond costs vary by applicant, bond amount, bond type & the agency you choose. You can get a general idea of costs using our Quick Estimate tool to the right or an exact quote instantly online!

Why our rates are so low

When it comes to surety bond insurance, there is safety in numbers. As the largest volume writer in the country, we are able to obtain the lowest rates from the strongest bonding company partners.

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