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814.66

814.66 Fees of register in probate.

814.66(1)

(1) The register in probate shall collect the following fees:

814.66(1)(a)

(a)

814.66(1)(a)2.

2. For filing a petition whereby any proceeding in estates of deceased persons is commenced, if the value of the property subject to administration, less encumbrances, liens or charges, is $10,000 or less, a fee of $20 and, if more than $10,000, a fee of 0.2% of the value of the property subject to administration, less encumbrances, liens or charges. The register in probate may not base a fee under this subdivision upon the value of property that is not subject to administration.

814.66(1)(a)3.

3. The fees shall be paid at the time of the filing of the inventory or other documents setting forth the net value of the property subject to administration in the proceedings, and shall apply to inventories filed in testamentary trusts. The fees fixed in this paragraph shall also be paid in survivorship proceedings, and in the survivorship proceedings the value shall be based on the value of the property passing to the survivors.

814.66(1)(b)

(b)

814.66(1)(b)2.

2. For filing a petition for guardianship of the estate under ch. 54 or an application for conservatorship under s. 54.76, if the value of the property, less encumbrances, liens or charges, is the amount specified under s. 867.03 (1g) (intro.) or less, a fee of $20 and, if more than the amount specified under s. 867.03 (1g) (intro.), a fee of 0.2 percent of the value of the property, less encumbrances, liens or charges.

814.66(1)(b)3.

3. The fee shall be paid at the time of filing of the inventory or other documents setting forth the value of the estate in the proceedings.

814.66(1)(c)

(c) For a certificate terminating a life estate or homestead interest, $3, but the fee shall not be collected if the termination is consolidated with probate or administration proceedings.

814.66(1)(d)

(d) For a certificate or judgment of descent of lands, the same fees shall be charged and collected as are charged in estate proceedings in par. (a) based upon the valuation of the property passing by the certificate or judgment of descent.

814.66(1)(e)

(e) For filing objections to the probate of a will, $20, except that this fee may be waived by the court when objection is filed by a guardian ad litem or attorney, or attorney-in-fact, for a person in the military service. The court may order a refund of the fee to the objector from the assets of the estate.

814.66(1)(f)

(f) For receiving a will for safekeeping, except under s. 856.05 (1), $10.

814.66(1)(g)

(g) For each certificate issued by the registers in probate or circuit judges, $3.

814.66(1)(h)

(h)

814.66(1)(h)1.

1. Except as provided in subd. 2., for copies, certified or otherwise, of records or other papers in the custody and charge of registers in probate, or for the comparison and attestation of copies not provided by the registers, $1 per page.

814.66(1)(h)2.

2. For copies of any court document requested by the state public defender, other than a transcript, a fee equal to the actual, necessary and direct costs of copying.

814.66(1)(i)

(i) For filing claims against estates, $3. The $3 fee shall be added on to the amount of the claim and may be recovered as part of the claim.

814.66(1)(j)

(j) For searching files or records to locate any one action when the person requesting the search does not furnish the case number of the action, or to ascertain the existence or nonexistence of any instrument or record in the custody of the clerk of circuit court, $4.

814.66(1)(k)

(k) For receiving a power of attorney for health care instrument for safekeeping, as provided under s. 155.65 (1), $8.

814.66(1)(L)

(L) For receiving a declaration for safekeeping, as provided under s. 154.13 (1), $8.

814.66(1)(m)

(m) For filing a petition under s. 54.56, whether in a guardianship or temporary guardianship proceeding or to commence an independent action, $60.

814.66(1)(n)

(n) For depositing or disbursing money under s. 54.12 (1) (a), a fee of $10 or 0.5 percent of the amount deposited, whichever is greater at the time the money is deposited with the register in probate, and a fee of $10 whenever any withdrawal is made of the money deposited with the register in probate.

814.66(2)

(2) For purposes of determining fees payable under sub. (1), the following shall apply:

814.66(2)(c)

(c) If survivorship proceedings are pursued independent of probate or administration, a fee shall be collected for each proceeding, and the fee shall not be less than that payable if the proceedings were consolidated.

814.66(2)(d)

(d) Proceedings to administer assets subsequent to entry of final judgment in an estate are subject to fees as separate proceedings. The fees shall not be less than those which would have been chargeable if the assets had been included in the original proceedings.

814.66(2)(f)

(f) Special administrations are subject to filing fees, the fees to be credited upon fees for subsequent general administration or probate.

814.66(3)

(3) The register in probate shall, on the first Monday of each month, pay into the office of the county treasurer all fees collected by him or her and in his or her hands and still unclaimed as of that day. Each county treasurer shall make a report under oath to the secretary of administration on or before the 5th day of January, April, July, and October of all fees received by him or her under sub. (1) (a) to (f) up to the first day of each of those months and shall at the same time pay 66.67% of the fees to the secretary of administration for deposit in the general fund. Each county treasurer shall retain the balance of fees received by him or her under this section for the use of the county.

814.66 – ANNOT.

History: 1981 c. 317; 1985 a. 329; 1989 a. 56; 1991 a. 220, 281; 1993 a. 160; 1995 a. 27, 38, 224; 1997 a. 83; 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 33; 2005 a. 387.

814.66 – ANNOT.

The “fee” under sub. (1) based on the value of the estate is in reality a tax and does not violate the constitution. Treiber v. Knoll, 135 Wis. 2d 58, 398 N.W.2d 756 (1987).

814.66 – ANNOT.

A fee is not collected under sub. (1) (a) upon the filing of the inventory for a testamentary trust. Trust Estate of Rice, 187 Wis. 2d 658, 523 N.W.2d 168 (Ct. App. 1994).

814.66 – ANNOT.

Sub. (1) (b) 2. calculates the guardianship filing fee based on the total value of an estate, including the value of unliquidated claims held by the estate at the time of the inventory. That the exact value of the claim is unknown does not exclude it from the value of the estate. The subsequent liquidation of the claim determines its value. The guardian is required to list the claim on the inventory with an unknown value and to supplement the inventory under s. 858.17 when the claim is liquidated. Angela S. v. Jefferson County, 2006 WI App 260, 297 Wis. 2d 42, 726 N.W.2d 300, 06-0027.