Hampshire County Probate

and Family Court

 

 

Michael J. Carey

Register of Probate

 

 
33 King Street, Northhampton, MA 01060

Telephone Number (413) 586-8500

Open: 8:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday

 

33 King Street, Northhampton, MA 01060

Telephone Number (413) 586-8500

Open: 8:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday

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and Family Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Filing Fees

Probate and Family Court Department Uniform Fee Schedule Effective March 31, 2012

**Some of the fees listed in this fee schedule are subject to change due to pending legislation.**

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NOTE: The fees listed below do NOT include the fee for a citation or summons. Each citation is an additional $15 and each summons is an additional $5. Costs for publication, if applicable, are the responsibility of the petitioner/plaintiff.

 

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 is assigned shall pay to the Register a surcharge of $15 in addition to the fee otherwise required. See G. L. c. 262, 4C.

Abuse Prevention

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order) Filing Fee Surcharge       (If applicable)
Abuse Prevention/Abuse Protection No Fee  
Disabled Abuse Petition No Fee  
Elderly Abuse Petition No Fee  

Accounts

Type of Pleading  (In alphabetical order) Filing Fee Surcharge       (If applicable)
Petition or Application for Allowance:    
Where the gross value accounted for in Schedule A of the Account is $1,000 or less No Fee  
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 $75.00  
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 $100.00  
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)
 
$150.00  
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) $200.00  
Where the gross value accounted for is more than $1,000,000 (per year or major fraction thereof covered by such account) $400.00  

 

Adoption

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order)

Filing Fee

Surcharge       (If applicable)

Dispense with consent to adoption, Petition

No Fee

 

Petition

No Fee

 

 

Bonds/Surety

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order)

Filing Fee

Surcharge       (If applicable)

Discharge of Surety, Petition

$60.00

 

Filing of a Bond

$50.00

 

Leave to Bring suit on a bond

No Fee

 

New Bond

$75.00

 

Reduction of Bond, Petition

No Fee

 

 

Change of Name

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order)

Filing Fee

Surcharge       (If applicable)

Motion - in divorce actions only, during Nisi period

$100.00

 

Petition

$150.00

$15.00

 

Guardian/Conservator (Note:  There are additional fees for the filing of a bond and for Letters or Certificates of Orders or Decrees

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order)

Filing Fee

Surcharge       (If applicable)

Appointment of Conservator or for Single Transaction, Petition (No fee - if petition is filed concurrently with a petition for removal, resignation or termination of a conservator.)

$150.00

$15.00

Appointment of a Guardian, Petition

No Fee

 

Expand, Modify, Limit Powers of a Guardian, Petition

No Fee

 

Removal of a Fiduciary

$100.00

 

Resignation of Conservator or Guardian, Petition

No Fee

 

Termination of Guardian or Conservator, Petition

No Fee

 

 

Domestic Relations and Paternity

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order)

Filing Fee

Surcharge       (If applicable)

Affirmation of Marriage, Complaint

$200.00

$15.00

Alimony, Complaint

$100.00

$15.00

Annulment, Complaint

$200.00

$15.00

Complaint for Custody-Support-Visitation

$100.00

$15.00

Complaint for Paternity

$100.00

$15.00

Complaints to establish paternity or for custody-support-visitation and modifications filed by the IV-D agency

No Fee

 

Convey land as if sole

$150.00

 

Divorce, Complaint

$200.00

$15.00

Enforcement of Foreign Decree Alimony only

$100.00

$15.00

Grandparent visitation, Petition

No Fee

 

Marriage of a minor

No Fee

 

Marriage without delay

$50.00

$15.00

Modification of all non-child related issues

$150.00

 

Modification of Foreign Custody or Support Decree, G. L. c. 208, s. 29 except for those actions filed by the IV-D agency for which there is no filing fee

$100.00

 

Modification relative to child support, custody and visitation except for those actions filed by the IV-D agency for which there is no filing fee

$50.00

 

Registration of Foreign Custody Decree

No Fee

 

Removal, Post-Judgment

No Fee

 

Separate Support

$100.00

$15.00

Support of spouse or child pursuant to G. L. c. 209, 32F, Complaint

No Fee

 

Temporary restraining order against a spouse related to a complaint for divorce or separate support

No Fee

 

 

Equity 

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order)

Filing Fee

Surcharge       (If applicable)

Complaint (No fee if related to adoption)

$240.00

$15.00

Complaint related to separate support or the custody or support of minors

$100.00

$15.00

Complaint to Correct Birth Record

$60.00

$15.00

Complaint to Terminate a Trust

$50.00

$15.00

Injunction (No fee if related to adoption)

$150.00

 

Partition, Petition

$255.00

$15.00

Specific Performance, Petition

$75.00

$15.00

Temporary Restraining Order (No fee if related to adoption)

$100.00

 

 

Probate

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order)

Filing Fee

Surcharge       (If applicable)

Appointment of a Receiver of the Estate of an Absentee, Petition

$150.00

$15.00

Appointment of a Trustee, Petition

$150.00

$15.00

Care of Burial Lot

$60.00

 

Counsel Fees, Petition

No Fee

 

Determination of Value, Petition

$30.00

 

Erection of Monument

$60.00

 

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

$75.00

 

General Petition (Includes any petition filed that is not specifically provided for in this fee schedule.)

$150.00

$15.00

Leave to Deposit Certain Funds

$200.00

 

Payment of Deposits, Petition

No Fee

 

Public Administration, Petition

$50.00

$15.00

Removal of a Fiduciary

$100.00

 

Resignation of a Fiduciary

No Fee

 

Representation of Insolvency

$150.00

 

Termination of Trust, Petition

$50.00

$15.00

Voluntary Administration, Statement

$100.00

$15.00

 

Sale, Lease or Mortgage of Real or Personal Estate by any fiduciary

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order)

Filing Fee

Surcharge       (If applicable)

Leave to Lease real estate

$75.00

 

Leave to Mortgage real estate

$75.00

 

Sale where the gross value accounted for is $100,000 or less

$100.00

 

Sale where the gross value accounted for is more than $100,000 but not more than $250,000

$250.00

 

Sale where the gross value accounted for is more than $250,000 but not more than $500,000

$500.00

 

Sale where the gross value accounted for is more than $500,000 but not more than $1,000,000

$750.00

 

Sale where the gross value accounted for is more than $1,000,000

$1,000.00

 

 

Miscellaneous

Type of Pleading (In alphabetical order)

Filing Fee

Surcharge       (If applicable)

Amendment of record except as relates to adoption, separate support or the custody or support of minors

$60.00

 

Certificate of Orders, Decrees, Rulings, Judgments or Other Proceedings (No fee if adoption certificate)

$20.00 + $1.00 per page for each page except the first

 

Citation, order of notice or precept

$15.00

 

Commission to take Depositions

$20.00

 

Copy, Attested of court documents and records, including docket sheets or other papers in possession and under the control of the Register

$2.50 per page

 

Copy Unattested of court documents, records or other papers in possession and under the control of the Register

$1.00 per page

 

Exemplified copies

$50.00 + $1.00 per page for each page except the first

 

General Petition except such as relates to adoption, custody or support of minors

$150.00

$15.00

Summons

$5.00

 

Summons for Contempt

$5.00

 

Tape Cassette or CD recordings of proceedings

$50.50 + postage per 90 minutes of recording or part thereof

 

Transcript of a Judgment

$50.00 +$1.00 per page for each page except the first

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

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