Legal fees for administering an estate vary according to the amount of work involved. This depends on the nature and number of assets and, to some extent, the terms of the will. Lawyers charge for obtaining a grant of probate or letters of administration and for subsequent work in the administration of the estate at commercial rates according to the conveyancing and general scale of costs under the Supreme Court Civil Rules 2006 (SA) [sch 1], or at a rate agreed between the solicitor and client in a costs agreement.
The Law Society of South Australia (08 8229 0200) can supply the names of lawyers who do probate work.
Firms that do probate work should be able to give you an idea of the potential range of costs for administering an estate.
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