Grants of probate

When a person dies, somebody has to deal with their estate.

When a person is an executor appointed under the will, it is that person who will administer the estate and handle the disposal of the deceased person’s assets and debts.

The executor may be asked to prove they are authorised to administer the estate before assets can be released. That authority is a ‘grant of probate’.

To obtain a Grant of Probate, the executor named in the Will must apply to the Supreme Court. If the application is approved, the court provides a Grant of Probate which confirms that the deceased left a Will, that the Will is valid and that the executor has the authority to administer the estate.

Once Probate has been obtained, asset holders will release or transfer the deceased’s assets into the executor’s name or the name of the beneficiaries.

Tetlow Legal are experienced estate lawyers who can assist executors in administering estates. If you would like further information in relation to administering a deceased estate please contact Tetlow Legal on (02) 6140 3263 or