1. Solicitor’s fee the work done in obtaining the grant of probate (testate estates) or letters of administration (intestate estates). Here, a solicitor cannot charge fees higher than the scales set by Legal Profession Regulation 2005 Schedule.
2. Solicitor’s fee for the work involved in collecting and distributing the estate (post-probate/ administration charges) which is based on the hourly charge normally charged by that solicitor, or where agreed, a fixed rate. The solicitor must provide you with a fee estimate.
3. Disbursements i.e. costs incurred by the solicitor on your estate’s behalf. Examples are fees for filing documents at the court for death certificates, and for placing newspaper advertisements.
The NSW Trustee and Guardian take their fees as a percentage of your estate value and the information is available on the Internet.