What is probate?

Probate is the name given to a legal process most people must follow, once the Supreme Court makes an order for a deceased person’s assets to be distributed.

You might not need a probate order if a person died without independently owning any property, and had only a small amount of money to his or her name. If a person close to you has died in those circumstances, you should first approach the financial institution where the money is held to see if a formal court order is required. Similarly, if a spouse or close family member has died and all your assets were held jointly, you may wish to talk to your financial institution about any requirements.

The work we will carry out

We will obtain a probate, on an uncontested basis, of the Will and complete the administration of the estate including:

 

Instructions relating to the deceased, the executors, the beneficiaries, and the assets and liabilities of the estate and in particular life policies as part of superannuation. Preparation of summons and supporting affidavits, advertising proposed application, obtaining certificates required to accompany the application, writing to each debtor and creditor for details of their requirements. Signing documents and filing at Supreme Court, responding to any requisitions raised by the court relating to the application, following the grant we will satisfying the requirements of asset holders and getting in the estate, paying the debts and attending to distribution to the beneficiaries and final accounting.