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Applying for Probate

Losing a loved one is never easy. Allow us to provide the clarity and guidance you need to navigate through the grant of probate application process.

Call Us: 02 9119 2232

Applying for Probate

Losing a loved one is never easy. Allow us to provide the clarity and guidance you need to navigate through the grant of probate application process.

Call Us: 02 9119 2232
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We Can Help

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming and navigating the legal process can be challenging. Our Estate team at One Law will help you understand and smoothly complete the probate application, enabling you to handle the affairs of the deceased with confidence and ease.

There are two types of applications you can make to the Supreme Court of NSW:

  1. Grant of Probate; and
  2. Grant of Letters of Administration.

Put your mind at ease and allow our Team of experienced Probate lawyers to assist with the application from start to finish.

Enter your details into the Get Help Now form and one of our Probate lawyers will get in touch with you.

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    What is a Probate?

    A grant of probate is a legal document issued by the court, which grants the executor the authority to administer the deceased’s estate according to their will. It provides official recognition of the executor’s role and allows them to manage assets, settle debts, and distribute the estate among beneficiaries.

    Upon receiving the Grant of Probate from the Court, the designated Executor gains the authority to manage the deceased’s Estate. Subsequently, the Executor will distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries specified in the Will. Additionally, the Executors are entrusted with addressing any challenges to the Will, including family provision claims or assertions regarding the validity of the deceased’s Will.

    What is a Letters of Administration?

    A letters of administration is an application made to the Supreme Court of NSW when the deceased person’s Will cannot be located or when there is a Will which does not appoint an Executor, or the appointed Executor has passed away or is unable to fulfill the role.

    Upon receiving a Grant of Letters of Administration, the Court-designated Administrator gains the authority to manage the Estate, assuming responsibilities similar to those of an Executor. These duties include settling the deceased’s debts and overseeing the Estate’s distribution in accordance with the Will or the Laws of Intestacy if there is no valid Will.

    Compared to obtaining a Grant of Probate, the application process for Letters of Administration can be more time-consuming and expensive, necessitating the submission of additional information to the Court. To circumvent the need for Letters of Administration, it is crucial to seek expert legal counsel when preparing a Will, which may involve appointing multiple Executors to ensure a smooth administration of the Estate.

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    Simple Steps to Apply for a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration

    01. Obtain the death certificate

    Before proceeding with the probate application, you will need an official copy of the death certificate. This document confirms the passing of the deceased.

    02. Locate the will

    The original will is crucial to the probate process. Ensure you have the latest version and that it hasn’t been revoked. If you are unable to locate a will then we will prepare an application for a letters of administration.

    03. Identify the executor

    The executor is the person named in the will to handle the estate’s administration. If no executor is appointed or willing to act, the court will appoint an administrator who would be the deceased’s next of kin.

    04. Assess the estate

    Compile a list of the deceased’s assets, including property, bank accounts, investments, and personal possessions. Likewise, list any outstanding debts or liabilities.

    05. Valuation of assets

    Obtain professional valuations of the estate’s assets, especially if it involves complex or valuable properties.

    06. Attend our office to sign the probate application

    We will complete the forms for the probate application accurately and thoroughly, and request that you attend our office to sign the documents. During this meeting you will need to provide additional documents such as the death certificate, the original will, asset valuations, and any other required paperwork.

    07. Pay the probate fee

    ​Probate (less than $100,000) ​nil
    Probate ($100,000 or more, but less than $250,000) ​$863.00
    Probate ($250,000 or more, but less than $500,000) ​$1,171.00
    Probate ($500,000 or more, but less than $1,000,000) ​$1,797.00
    Probate ($1,000,000 but less than $2,000,000.00) ​$2,394.00
    Probate ($2,000,000 or more but less than $5,000,000.00) ​$3,991.00
    Probate ($5,000,000 or more) ​$6,652.00

    08. Submit the application

    We will submit the completed application and supporting documents to the Probate Registry on your behalf.

    09. Wait for the grant

    The processing time for a grant of probate can vary, but currently the Supreme Court processing time is 3-4 months. During this period, the court will review the application and supporting materials.

    10. Receive the grant of probate

    Once approved, you will receive the grant of probate. This document is your legal authority to act as the executor and manage the estate.

    11. Administer the estate

    With the grant of probate, you can now distribute the assets as per the instructions in the will and settle any outstanding debts or taxes.


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    ————  05. OUR TEAM

    Your Probate Specialists

    At One Law, we understand that every case is different, and we take the time to get to know your situation. We are your local lawyers with access to resources in all states, so you know your case is in good hands no matter where you are in Australia. Meet our Wills and Estate Specialists.

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