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If someone challenges the probate of the will, they would have to cover their own costs. The personal representative would have to cover the cost to the estate and later deduct the attorneys fees from the estate. The person challenging the will does not have to pay the attorneys fees of the personal representative, although, with the increase in fees, there would be less for estate distribution. The only way that the estate personal representative can make a claim against the objectant for attorneys fees is if the objectant losses and there is evidence the objections were frivolous and that the objectant purposefully delayed the process for no reason other than to delay the process or by being malicious. Since you have an attorney, you can discuss these issues with your attorney.
They would have to show the objections and actions of the objectant were frivolous and malicious.