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Probate and Family Court Department Uniform Fee Schedule Revised July 1, 2009
Any party entering a complaint, petition or other civil action in which an initial filing fee is payable and to which a separate docket number or suffix is assigned shall pay to the register of the court a surcharge ($15.00) in addition to the fee otherwise required by law. See G. L. c. 262, 4C. Please note that in any action for which there is no fee charged, all associated fees and costs are not charged for that action. Red Ink = Statutory Fee G. L. c. 262, 40 Blue Ink = AOPFC Fee Black Ink = AOTC Fee G. L. c. 262, 4B, 4C

Abuse Prevention/Abuse Protection..................................................... Accounts, Petition or Application for Allowance: Where the gross value accounted for in Schedule A of the Account is $1,000 or less................................................. Where the gross value accounted for is more than $1,000 but not more than $10,000, provided, however, that the fees shall not exceed $170 regardless of the time covered by such account........................................................... Where the gross value accounted for is $10,000 or more than $10,000 but not more than $100,000 (per year or major fraction thereof covered by such account)... Where the gross value accounted for is more than $100,000 but not more than $500,000 (per year or major fraction thereof covered by such account)... Where the gross value accounted for is more than $500,000 but not more than $1,000,000 (per year or major fraction thereof covered by such account)..... Where the gross value accounted for is more than $1,000,000 (per year or major fraction thereof covered by such account).....

No Fee

No Fee

$ 75.00

$ 100.00

$ 150.00

$ 200.00

$ 400.00

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Administration, Public......................................................................

$ 50.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge

Administration De Bonis Non (Also known as Administration of Goods not already Administered).......................................................................

$ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge

Administration De Bonis Non with the Will Annexed (Also known as Administration of Goods not already Administered with the Will Annexed)..................................

$ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge

Administration of Estate of Person who Died Intestate....................

$ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge No Fee $ 200.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 100.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

Administration of Goods not already Administered................................

Administration With Will Annexed.................................................

Adoption............................................................................................ Affirmation of a Marriage, Complaint for........................................

Alimony, Complaint for....................................................................

Amendment of Record (except such as relates to separate support, adoption, or the custody or support of minors)............................................... Annulment of a Marriage, Complaint for.........................................

$ 60.00 $ 200.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

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Appointment of a Conservator (except when filed concurrently with a Petition for Removal, Resignation or Termination of a Conservator, then no fee).....

$ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge

Appointment of a Guardian....................................................................... No Fee Appointment of a Receiver of the Estate of an Absentee................. $ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge

Appointment of a Special Administrator (Also known as Special Administration)..............................

$ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 50.00 $ 75.00 $ 60.00

Appointment of a Trustee................................................................

Bond, Filing of................................................................................... Bond, New......................................................................................... Care of Burial Lot.............................................................................

Certificate of Ancillary Filing Conservatorship........................................ $ 75.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge Certificate of Orders, Decrees, Rulings, Judgments or Other Proceedings (plus one dollar per page for each page except the first), excluding an Adoption Certificate, for which there is no fee........ $ 20.00 Change of Name, Motion (limited to divorce actions)......................... Change of Name, Petition................................................................. $ 100.00 $ 150.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 15.00 $ 20.00

Citation................................................................................................. Commission to take Depositions......................................................

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Conservator, petition to appoint (except when filed concurrently with a Petition for Removal, Resignation or Termination of a Conservator, then no fee).....

$ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge

Convey land as if sole, authority to, petition under G. L. c. 209, 35* or G. L. c. 209, 36 by a husband or wife (Desertion or Living Apart).................................................. *sec. 35 Repealed Copy, Attested, of Court Documents and Records including Docket Sheets or Other Papers in possession and under the control of the Register.................................... Copy, Unattested, of Court Documents, Records or Other Papers in possession and under the control of the Register.............. Correction of Birth Record, Petition for...........................................

$ 150.00

$ 2.50 per page

$ 1.00 per page $ 60.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge No Fee $ 30.00 No Fee No Fee $ 60.00 No Fee $ 200.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge No Fee

Counsel Fees..................................................................................... Determination of Value..................................................................... Disabled Abuse Petition.................................................................... Discharge/Termination of Guardian/Conservator, Petition................ Discharge of Surety............................................................................. Dispense With Consent to Adoption, Petition.................................... Divorce, Complaint for.......................................................................

Elderly Abuse Petition........................................................................ Equity, Complaint (except such as relates to separate support, adoption or the custody or support of minors)................................................

$ 240.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

Equity, Complaint, related to separate support or the custody or support of minors...................................................................

$ 100.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

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Erection of a Monument..................................................................... Exemplified copies (plus one dollar per page for each page except the first)....... Filing a will for safekeeping (except that no additional fee shall be charged for filing a will in substitution for a will previously filed and withdrawn.. Foreign Custody Decree, Registration of...............................................

$ 60.00

$ 50.00

$ 75.00 No Fee

Foreign Decree, Enforcement of, Alimony only.....................................

$ 100.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 50.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

Foreign Will.......................................................................................

General Petition (except such as relates to adoption or custody or support of minors)...................................................................................

$ 150.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge No Fee No Fee No Fee + $50.00 bond

Grandparent Visitation, Complaint for............................................ Guardian, appointment of................................................................. Guardianship with Sureties...............................................................

Injunction (except such as relates to adoption)....................................... Insolvency, Representation of............................................................ Inventory, New.................................................................................. Leave to Bring Suit on a Bond..................................................... Leave to Carry on Business of Deceased.................................... Leave to Compromise (Including, but not limited to Leave to Compromise a Claim, Leave to Compromise a Will)............................................... Leave to Deposit Certain Funds, G. L. c. 206, 27..........................

$ 150.00 $ 150.00 $ 75.00 No Fee $ 150.00

$ 75.00 $ 200.00

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Leave to Lease Real Estate................................................................. Leave to Mortgage Real Estate.......................................................... Leave to Pay Debts (except when the petitioner or accountant certifies that the estate does not exceed $1,000)......................................... Letters to Foreign Guardian..............................................................

$ 75.00 $ 75.00

$ 75.00 $ 75.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge No Fee

Marriage of a Minor.......................................................................... Marriage Without Delay (also known as Waiver of Three Day Notice of Marriage)...........................................................................

$ 50.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

Modification, Foreign Custody or Support Decree, G. L. c. 208, 29 (except those actions filed by the IVD agency for which there is no filing fee)................................................................... Modification, relative to all nonchild related issues......................... Modification, relative to child support, custody, and visitation (except those actions filed by the IVD agency, for which there is no filing fee).............................................................. New Bond....................................................................................... New Inventory................................................................................... Order of Notice, Citation, or Precept............................................. Partition, Petition..............................................................................

$ 100.00 $ 150.00

$ 50.00 $ 75.00 $ 75.00 $ 15.00 $ 255.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

Paternity, Complaint (except those actions filed by the IVD agency, for which there is no filing fee)................................................................

$ 100.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

Paternity, CustodySupportVisitation (except those actions filed by the IVD agency, for which there is no filing fee)................................................................

$ 100.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

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Paternity Actions, Voluntary Registration....................................... Payment of Deposits....................................................................... Probate of Will, Petition...................................................................

No Fee No Fee $ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 50.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge No Fee No Fee $ 75.00 No Fee $ 100.00

Public Administration....................................................................

Reduction of Bond......................................................................... Registration of Foreign Custody Decree........................................ Release of Dower or Curtesy....................................................... Removal of Child from the Commonwealth............................... Removal of a Fiduciary................................................................ Sale of Real or Personal Estate including Where the gross value accounted for is $100,000 or less...... Where the gross value accounted for is more than $100,000 but not more than $250,000.................................................. Where the gross value accounted for is more than $250,000 but not more than $500,000.................................................. Where the gross value accounted for is more than $500,000 but less than $1,000,000........................................................ Where the gross value accounted for is more than $1,000,000............................................................................. Sale of Real Estate by a Foreign Fiduciary.......................................

$ 100.00

$ 250.00

$ 500.00

$ 750.00

$ 1,000.00 $ 50.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 100.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 75.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

Separate Support...............................................................................

Specific Performance........................................................................

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Statement of Voluntary Administration............................................

$ 100.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge + $ 20.00 certificate $ 30.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge + $ 20.00 certificate $ 5.00 $ 5.00

Statement of Voluntary Executor......................................................

Summons, Blank............................................................................... Summons, Contempt......................................................................... Surcharge (any party entering a complaint, petition or other civil action in which an initial filing fee is payable and to which a separate docket number or suffix is assigned shall pay to the register of the court a surcharge of $15.00 in addition to the fee otherwise required by law) G. L. c. 262, 4C.......................................

$ 15.00

Tape Cassette or Compact Disc Recordings of Proceedings (plus postage per ninety (90) minutes of recording or part thereof)............ $ 50.50 Temporary Restraining Order (except such as relates to adoption)....................................... Temporary Restraining Order against a Spouse related to a Complaint for Divorce or Separate Support......................... Termination of Parental Rights......................................................... Transcript of a Judgment (known in the Probate and Family Court as "authenticated copies" or "exemplified copies") (plus an additional charge of one dollar per page for each page except the first)..................................................................... Trust, Termination of....................................................................

$ 100.00

No Fee No Fee

$ 50.00 $ 50.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge $ 150.00 + $ 50.00 bond + $ 15.00 surcharge

Trustee, Petition to Appoint...............................................................

Unattested copy of Court Documents, Records or Other Papers in possession and under the control of the Register........................................................... Visitation of Minor Child.................................................................

$ 1.00 per page No Fee

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Voluntary Registration, Paternity...................................................... Waiver of Three Day Notice of Marriage (also known as a Marriage Without Delay)....................................................................

No Fee

$ 50.00 + $ 15.00 surcharge

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