Yes. The exact fee depends on (1) the type of pleading being filed, (2) if a surcharge is assessed, and (3) if a citation (formal notice) is required.
When a pleading is filed and it has a fee associated with it, a surcharge of $15.00 will be assessed if a docket number is assigned. A docket number is assigned if a new case file is opened. For example, the fee to file a formal probate will typically be $405.00. The fee is broken down as follows: $375.00 for the filing of the formal petition, a $15.00 surcharge fee to assign a docket number and a $15.00 required citation fee.
Generally, the fee to file an informal probate is $390.00. The fee is broken down as follows: $375 for the filing of the informal petition and a $15.00 surcharge fee to assign a docket number. There is no separate notice fee required with an informal probate. For both formal and informal probate, there is no separate filing fee for the filing of the initial appointment Bond or for the court to issue the initial Letters of Appointment.
The fee to file a voluntary administration is $115.00. The fee is broken down as follows: $100 for the filing of the Voluntary Administration Statement fee and a $15.00 surcharge fee to assign a docket number. The $115.00 filing fee includes one (1) attested copy of the Voluntary Administration Statement issued by the Register of Probate. A complete list of fees can be found in the Probate and Family Court Uniform Fee Schedule.
Probate of Wills and Estates
- Is it always necessary to probate an estate?
- Is there a deadline to probate an estate?
- Who can be appointed personal representative?
- What options are available to probate an estate?
- Do I have to give notice to heirs/devisees of a probate proceeding?
- Is there a simplified procedure for an estate with minimal assets and no real estate?
- Do I need to pay a filing fee to probate an estate?
- Where can I find more information?