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

At-risk rules

Rules limiting loss deductions to cash investments and personal liability notes. An exception for real estate treats certain nonrecourse commercial loans as amounts “at risk.”

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