Submitted By: Marcella
Answered: September 2, 2016 12:21 pm

My husband died and I had large legal fees to settle his estate. Are the legal fees deductible?

Legal fees paid by an estate are deductible by the estate for estate tax purposes. If you paid the fees out of your own pocket, the estate can reimburse you. If you don’t seek reimbursement, you will be out of luck; the legal fees aren’t deductible on your personal income tax return.

Tax Glossary


Items directly reducing income. Personal deductions such as for mortgage interest, state and local taxes, and charitable contributions are allowed only if deductions are itemized on Schedule A, but deductions such as for alimony, capital losses, moving expenses to a new job location, business losses, student loan interest, and IRA and Keogh deductions are deducted from gross income even if itemized deductions are not claimed.

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