Effective January 1, 2012, North Carolina has added a couple of new court costs in estate matters:
1. Will Caveats (will contests) – a $200 filing fee.
2. Reopened Estates – a filing fee of 40 cents per $100 of property in the reopened estate. The maximum cumulative fee for estates is $6,000.
These are on top of increased filing fees for estates that took effect last year. As fees to continue to rise, avoiding probate with living trusts and other planning will save even more money.