Official Solicitor fees

The Official Solicitor charges the following fees for legal work performed for the Public Trustee. All fees below are exclusive of GST and outlays.

Real property transactions for estates under Administration

Preparing or reviewing a contract

Work type House / vacant land Group title
Standard sale or purchase $300 $355
Standard sale or purchase that includes a swimming pool $350 $405

Acting for a seller

Work type House / vacant land Home Unit
Standard conveyance $545 $595
Non-standard conveyance

Including negotiating extensions of dates, reductions of the purchase price or other amendments to the contract after the contract date, or work in connection with an alleged or anticipated breach of the contract

Standard conveyancing fee above + a fee calculated using the hourly rates below
Termination of the contract pursuant to a "condition subsequent" in a straightforward conveyance Not more than the standard conveyancing fee above

Acting for a buyer

Work type House / vacant land Home Unit
Straightforward conveyance $795 $875
Non-standard conveyance

Including negotiating extensions of dates, reductions of the purchase price or other amendments to the contract after the contract date, or work in connection with an alleged or anticipated breach of the contract.

Standard conveyancing fee + a fee calculated using the hourly rates below
Termination of the contract pursuant to a "condition subsequent" in a straightforward conveyance Not more than the standard conveyancing fee above
Preparation of a Deed of Rescission A fee calculated using the hourly rates below

Acting in relation to a contract for a manufactured home

A fee calculated using the hourly rates below

Acting in relation to a renewal/extension of Lease

Work type Fee
Straightforward $550
Non-straightforward

Including extensive drafting of new lease clauses or amendments to the existing lease

$550 + a fee calculated using the hourly rates below

All other real property matters

A fee calculated using the hourly rates below

Private Probate Work

Type Fee
Standard Probate - preparation and filing for a grant of representation in the Supreme Court of Queensland $2,090.40
Complex Probate

Including matters where additional enquiries and affidavit material are necessary to address issues of capacity of the testator; the testamentary instrument raises issues that will require an explanation; or additional work is required in relation to the "clearing off' of persons with a right to apply for a Letters of Administration.

$2,090.40 + an additional fee calculated using the hourly rates below (where the work undertaken exceeds 3.5 hours)

Exercise of powers under the Public Trustee Act 1978

Type Fee
Granting a sanction under section 59 Refer to the Public Trustee fees and charges notice (PDF, 217 KB)
Signing a memorandum or discharge of mortgage or executing a reconveyance and transfer of land under section 61 or 62 Refer to the Public Trustee fees and charges notice (PDF, 217 KB)
Providing advice in relation to sections 61 or 62 Fee calculated using the hourly rates below

All other work

For all other legal work for the Public Trustee, the Official Solicitor will charge a fee calculated using the following hourly rates.

Hourly rates

Position Description Level Standard Hourly Rate Hourly Rate for special complex matters
Official Solicitor to the Public Trustee SO $457.00 $508.00
Managing Lawyer PO6 $414.00 $468.00
Principal Lawyer PO5 $378.00 $429.00
Senior Lawyer PO4 $351.00 Same as standard hourly rate
Lawyer PO3 $308.00 Same as standard hourly rate
Junior Lawyer PO2 $287.00 Same as standard hourly rate
Qualified Paralegal Officer QA3 $227.00 Same as standard hourly rate
Manager Legal Administrative Support
Executive Assistant
Senior Paralegal
Paralegal
Executive Secretary
AO5 to AO3 $196.00 Same as standard hourly rate
Administrative Officer AO2 $186.00 Same as standard hourly rate

Notes

  • The actual units of time charging is whole 6 minute units. Where the time involved in an attendance is less than an exact multiple of 6 minutes, the actual time recorded is rounded up to the nearest multiple of 6 minute units.
  • A "special complex matter" is a matter which, in the reasonable opinion of the Official Solicitor,:
    1. is complex in nature;
    2. involves difficult or novel questions;
    3. requires the exercise of special skill and knowledge;
    4. involves the examination or preparation of a high number of important documents regardless of length;
    5. involves a significant amount or value of money or property; or
    6. must be carried out urgently or requires work to be carried out after the normal business hours of the Official Solicitor.
  • The Official Solicitor does not charge for administrative work but does charge for paralegal work undertaken by administrative staff.
  • The fees for legal services provided by the Official Solicitor must give a fair and reasonable level of remuneration for the service provided.
  • Outlays (such as Court filing fees, Titles Office fees and search fees) are additional and charged at cost
Last published: 6/01/2021 10:55:48 PM