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Probate

A Grant of Probate is a document, issued by the Supreme Court, which establishes that a person's Will is valid and which authorises the executor to administer the estate. The person charged with administering the Will (the 'executor' or 'trustee') is responsible for seeking a Grant of Probate from the Court. Before Probate can be obtained, the executor must advertise his/her intention to apply for the Grant of Probate (normally in a local newspaper) to give potential creditors of the deceased person an opportunity to come forward and make a claim.

Snedden Hall & Gallop Lawyers can assist Executors and Administrators of estates to obtain Grants of Probate. 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.

Letters of Administration

If a person dies intestate (without leaving a Will), it is necessary for an administrator to be appointed (the administrator performs a similar function to the executor of a deceased person's Will). Letters of Administration is the document granted by the Supreme Court to provide the administrator with the authority to look after the deceased's affairs. The deceased's assets will normally be distributed in accordance with the laws that specifically deal with the estate of a person who has died without leaving a Will (i.e. the laws of intestacy).

Snedden Hall & Gallop Lawyers can assist Executors and Administrators of estates to obtain 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.

Executor Assistance

Once a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration have been obtained by an order of the Supreme Court, or where a Grant is not required, an executor or trustee of an estate can seek professional assistance in the administration of the Will. This is called 'Executor Assistance'.

Administering an estate involves many complex activities including:

  • Collecting and protecting estate assets;
  • Closing the deceased's bank accounts;
  • Transferring or selling shares and/or properties owned by the deceased;
  • Attending to debts or liabilities;
  • Finalising the deceased's and estate's taxation affairs;
  • Attending to payment of legacies;
  • Making distributions to the beneficiaries.

 

An executor's job in administering an estate can be time consuming and sometimes quite complex, particularly in the face of claims by creditors or disgruntled beneficiaries. We can assist you in discharging properly your obligations as an executor and help you to administer the deceased's estate.

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