Estate Administration

We can assist Executors and Administrators of estates to obtain Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration. We will enter into a Costs Agreement with you to do this work for an agreed fixed fee so you will know up-front what the cost will be to the estate.

A Grant of Probate is a document, issued by the Supreme Court, that establishes that a person's Will is in order and that the Executor named in that Will has the power to look after the deceased person's affairs. A Grant of Letters of Administration is issued by the Supreme Court in circumstances where either the deceased died intestate (they did not leave a Will) or where there was a Will but the deceased either did not appoint and Executor in the Will or the deceased did appoint an Executor but the Executor has either died or renounced Probate.

Before a Grant can be obtained in the ACT, it is necessary for an advertisement to be published (normally in a local newspaper in the area where the deceased lived) giving notice of the intention to apply for the Grant. In NSW, the notice is published on-line and does need to be published in a newspaper. The purpose of the notice is to give potential creditors of the deceased person an opportunity to come forward and make a claim upon the estate.

We can assist you in obtaining full information about the estate assets and liabilities as this information will be required for the application to the Supreme Court.

Some estates will require the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration to be resealed in another jurisdiction. We can assist you in applications for reseal of Grants.

Once a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration have been obtained, or in estates where a Grant is not required, we can assist Executors and Administrators in administering the estate. Administering an estate includes activities such as closing the deceased’s bank accounts, collecting in and protecting estate assets, selling or transferring shares and/or properties owned by the deceased, attending to any debts or liabilities, finalising the deceased’s taxation affairs and making distributions to the beneficiaries in accordance with the Will or in accordance with the intestacy laws.