Discover Your Fiduciary Bond Options
Working with an experienced surety broker provides an edge in obtaining the best pricing for your probate bond cost. Mark Levinson, Senior Vice President of Surety, has extensive experience in providing probate and other court bonds. He has developed strong relationships with the leading surety bonding companies to supply our clients with access to more favorable terms and conditions.
What is a Probate Bond?
A probate bond, also known as a fiduciary bond, guarantees the faithful performance of duties by fiduciaries such as executors, administrators, guardians, and trustees.
A fiduciary is a person, bank, or trust company appointed by order of a court to administer the estate or property of another who, for some reason, is unable to manage his or her own affairs. These affairs include:
- Paying estate and property taxes
- Paying debts owed by the deceased
- Assembling, appraising, and distributing the deceased’s property
- Funding funeral arrangements
Court fiduciaries are generally required by law to provide a fiduciary bond/surety bond for the faithful performance of their duties and compliance with the orders of the court having jurisdiction.
Why Do I Need a Probate Bond?
Probate bonds protect the finances and property of individuals who are unable to manage their affairs. These fiduciary bonds are typically required in relation to the estate of deceased persons, minors, and persons with limited intellectual functioning.
Other Types Of Fiduciary Bonds
- Conservator Bond
- Guardianship Bond
- Executor Bond
- Bankruptcy Trustee Bond
- Administrator Bond
- Receiver Bond
How Much Is a Fiduciary Bond?
State laws determine the amount of the probate bond, which is generally based on the estimated amount of the estate or assets being managed. The cost of a fiduciary court bond, like a probate bond, is usually a percentage of the bond amount. For example, if the cost is 1% of the fiduciary bond amount, and that amount was set at $250,000, the premium will be $2,500.
What Is Required to Get a Probate Bond?
- Submit an application and executed indemnity agreement supplied by the surety broker/agency
- Provide a copy of the court paperwork pertinent to the case
- Pay the premium for the probate bond once approved
Sometimes, depending on the amount of the fiduciary bond, the surety underwriter may require financial statements and a suitable credit score that will support the request. The surety will issue the probate bond to you once they have the required information. Then, you can present it to the court and continue with proceedings.
Why Choose Brunswick Companies
- Great rates on surety bonds, including probate bonds
- Fast, responsive, and knowledgeable service
- Access to a wider selection of surety companies
- Guidance through the process of obtaining surety insurance
- A proactive approach to improving your access to surety credit
- Assistance with specialized surety bonding needs