What is a Grant of Probate?

When a loved one dies and you have been appointed as the executor of their Last Will and Testament, you may need to apply for a Grant of Probate (Probate) of that Will.

Probate is a document issued by the Supreme Court which certifies the Court’s recognition that a deceased’s person’s Will is their legally valid and last Will. It also authorises the appointed executor to deal with the estate. Probate is required by an increasing number of institutions including banks and share registries before they will release a deceased person’s assets.

Benefits of obtaining a Grant of Probate

The process of administering an estate and obtaining Probate at the very time that you are still coping with the loss of a loved one can feel overwhelming. Having this court approved document ‘opens doors’ with many institutions, and they will require far less paperwork from you to release the assets they hold. It therefore can make the administration of the estate much quicker and smoother. Probate also reduces the personal risk of an executor.

The Court Process

The requirements of the Court when making an application for Probate are strict and you can delay the whole process by missing just one small thing in the documents or process. It is important to get this foundational part of the estate administration task right, so you don’t delay the administration of assets for beneficiaries.

Trust the Probate professionals

At Estate First, we are specialist Probate and estate lawyers who can help you obtain Probate and assist you with all or any other aspects of the estate administration that you need help with. At our initial meeting with you, one of our expert Probate lawyers will provide you with a fixed fee for obtaining Probate, along with a written quote for any other work to finalise the estate. We assist clients in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria with all of their deceased estate needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please download our general fact sheet on estate administration for further information.

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