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Iowa Probate Bonds

What is a Probate Bond in Iowa?

A probate bond is a type of fiduciary bond (also known as an executor’s bond) in a probate court estate. It is a Iowa state court bond that is issued on the performance of an executor or administrator of an estate. The purpose of the bond is to protect the beneficiaries or creditors of the estate from harm caused by the malfeasance or negligence of the executor or administrator.

In Iowa, a probate court bond is issued to administrators, executors, conservators and guardians in probate estates.

Iowa probate bond

How Much does a Probate Bond Cost in Iowa?

The cost of a probate bond can vary widely depending on the amount of coverage that is required. It is based on the total amount of the estate, including any real estate, that the fiduciary has to oversee. The bond premiums are normally calculated at one-half of one percent (0.5%), which is equal to $500 for every $100,000 of estate assets. We work diligently to find the lowest premiums possible in the state of Iowa. Please call us today at (913) 225-8501. We’ll find you the very best rate possible.

Bond Amount Needed Fee
<$20,000 $125-$150
$20,000-30,000  $150-$175
$30,000-50,000$175-275
$50,000+0.50%

These rates are for Merit clients, Preferred rates are 1% and Standard rates are 2%

How do I get a Estate Bond in Iowa?

We make it easy to get a probate bond.  Just click here to get our Iowa Probate Application.  Fill it out and then email it and the Iowa probate court documents to [email protected] or fax to 866-594-2771.

Our bond application

You can also call us at 913-225-8501.  We review each application for an executor bonds and then submit it to the surety that we believe will provide the best fidelity bond for your estate.  They will perform a credit check.  We have a high success rate in getting our clients probate estate bonds at the best rates possible.

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Why do I need a Bond? I mean, what is an example of Malfeasance?

Let’s assume that your Uncle Larry was appointed as the administrator of your father’s estate. The estate consists of your family home, which is valued at $350,000. There are also several bank accounts worth several thousand dollars, a life insurance policy, two cars, a gun collection and plenty of sentimental items.

Unfortunately, your uncle Larry has money issues and is going through a divorce. So, instead of fulfilling his duties to you and your family, he instead takes the life insurance proceeds, the gun collection and cleans out the bank accounts and leaves the country.

How Does a Probate Bond Work in Court?

You may notice that many Wills that are drafted by attorneys waive the requirement of the bond. However, if the court bond is not waived by the Will, then a probate fiduciary bond is needed. The only way to then get away without a bond will be if you 1) whether all heirs can agree to waive the bond requirement; 2) whether there are any debts outstanding; and 3) whether the judge will allow for the waiver of the bond.

If you are unable to get an agreement by the heirs to waive the bond, then you will have to get a court fiduciary bond. If there are substantial unsecured debts, then you’ll have to get the executors bond. Usually a judge will agree to waiver the administrator bond requirement.

 

Who Gets the Bond?

The personal representative, executor or administrator of the estate, must qualify for a bond. Qualification depends on the representative’s net worth and creditworthiness. Personal representatives who do not qualify could still find a solution if their attorney maintains control over the estate account.

When the will does not waive a bond or the personal representative resides out of Iowa, a request for a waiver of bond to the court must include a declaration that states:

  • The number of unsecured creditors of the estate and the estimated liability to them
  • All estimated tax liabilities
  • The amount of any known contingent liabilities
  • Whether the estate is solvent
  • The due diligence performed to establish the above information

What is a Court Bond in Iowa and How do I Get One?

A court bond is a bit different than a probate bond, described above. Instead, a Court Bond is generally a bond that is used for another court-specific purpose. A Court Surety Bond, also known as a judicial bond, protects one party from a loss. The most typical type of court bonds are:

  • Indemnity Bonds (sheriff bond) – this protects the marshall from a lawsuit from the party whose assets are seized
  • Cost Bonds – these guarantee the repayment of costs that are connected when a lower court’s decision is being appealed
  • Plaintiff’s Bond – this guarantees a certain amount of damages that a party suffers if the action is held in favor of defendant
  • Replevin Bonds – these guarantee that the property that was seized will remain in good condition and not disposed of or sold. It is a type of plaintiff’s bond.
  • Attachment Bonds – A court can require these before property is seized in order to secure a judgment. A type of plaintiff’s bond
  • Appeal Bonds – a bond put up by a defendant to guarantee the damages already awarded by a lower court to the plaintiff

Click here for our Court Bond Application.

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We provide probate bonds in each of the following counties:

Adair
Adams
Allamakee
Appanoose
Audubon
Benton
Black Hawk
Boone
Bremer
Buchanan
Buena Vista
Butler
Calhoun
Carroll
Cass
Cedar
Cerro Gordo
Cherokee
Chickasaw
Clarke
Clay
Clayton
Clinton
Crawford
Dallas
Davis
Decatur
Delaware
Des Moines
Dickinson
Dubuque
Emmet
Fayette
Floyd
Franklin
Fremont
Greene
Grundy
Guthrie
Hamilton
Hancock
Hardin
Harrison
Henry
Howard
Humboldt
Ida
Iowa
Jackson
Jasper
Jefferson
Johnson
Jones
Keokuk
Kossuth
Lee
Linn
Louisa
Lucas
Lyon
Madison
Mahaska
Marion
Marshall
Mills
Mitchell
Monona
Monroe
Montgomery
Muscatine
O’Brien
Osceola
Page
Palo Alto
Plymouth
Pocahontas
Polk
Pottawattamie
Poweshiek
Ringgold
Sac
Scott
Shelby
Sioux
Story
Tama
Taylor
Union
Van Buren
Wapello
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Webster
Winnebago
Winneshiek
Woodbury
Worth
Wright

See our Kansas probate bond page here.