At the time of the death of a deceased their executor must apply for a Grant of Probate in the Supreme Court. A Grant of Probate certifies that the Will is a valid legal document and provides the executor with the legal right to administer the estate of the deceased.
It is the executors role to identify the assets and liabilities of the deceased, pay any outstanding debts and ensure the assets of the estate are distributed in accordance with the provisions of the deceased’s Will.
If the deceased dies without a valid Will in place their next of kin must apply to the Supreme Court to obtain Letters of Administration of the deceased to allow the assets and liabilities of the estate to be dealt with. Once Letters of Administration have been obtained the Administrator (next of Kin) may pay out outstanding debts and distribute the estate in accordance with the Intestacy provisions stipulated in the Administration and Probate Act (1958).
The process of administering a deceased’s estate can be complex and lengthy, especially in circumstances where the deceased had a blended family, complex business structures or if a claim has been brought against the estate.
By working with you we can assist you in obtaining Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration and take the burden of dealing with everyday administrative complexities away from grieving loved ones by providing compassionate legal advice.