Probate & Estate Administration
A Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration (when there is no Will) is usually required to allow the executor or administrator of the estate to carry out the terms of a Will. The documents allow you to deal with the assets and liabilities of an estate.
Preparing the documents for Probate or Letters of Administration is a tedious task. The forms must comply with all relevant rules otherwise the application will be returned by the Supreme Court Probate Registry.
We are able to make enquires on your behalf and draft the documents necessary for your application. We are able to identify estate assets and liabilities to draft a statement necessary to be filed with your application, including writing to banks, share companies and obtaining valuations of estate property.
We are able to file the application on your behalf meaning that you do not have to deal with any hassles or questions that may be asked by the Registry.
The Probate filing fee can be claimed back from the estate to ensure that you are not ‘out of pocket’.
In the unfortunate event that there is a dispute regarding an estate, we can help by providing honest advice in simple language. We understand that the last thing you need is further stress and confusion.
We can assist by:
- Interpreting a Will;
- Advising you as to your role, duties, actions and entitlements under a Will;
- Providing advice on contesting the validity of a Will;
- Providing advice on what to do if a Will is contested;
- Drafting Family Provision Applications (claims on the basis that you have not been adequately provided for);
- Family mediation and negotiations; and
- Drafting Deeds of Family Arrangement (changing the provisions in a Will).