Grant of Probate

A Grant of Probate is official recognition by the Supreme Court of Queensland that a Will is valid and that the executors appointed under the Will have authority to deal with the deceased’s assets. A Grant of Probate is often requested by organisations, such as banks or nursing homes, when they are holding a large sum of money in the name of a deceased.

The process for obtaining a Grant of Probate generally takes 2 – 3 months. It involves advertising in the Queensland Law Reporter and notifying the Public Trustee of Queensland of an executor’s intention to apply.

Once the advertisement in the Queensland Law Reporter is published, the Supreme Court of Queensland imposes a mandatory two-week waiting period after which documentation applying for the Grant can be filed in the Supreme Court.

At Dillon Legal, our legal team can assist you in completing all the necessary documentation for applying for a Grant of Probate. We charge a fixed fee for our services and are experienced in managing issues which could otherwise prevent a Grant of Probate from being issued, such as a tear in the document or a single witness.

Contact our Gold Coast probate lawyers today for advice.

Letters of Administration

Letters of Administration are sought for two reasons: 

  1. when a person passes away without a Will (intestacy); and 
  2. when the executors appointed under a Will have passed away, cannot act for any reason or cannot be found. 

Similar to applying for a Grant of Probate, the process for obtaining Letters of Administration generally takes 2 – 3 months.  It involves advertising in the Queensland Law Reporter and notifying the Public Trustee of Queensland of a person’s intention to apply. 

Once the advertisement in the Queensland Law Reporter is published, the Supreme Court of Queensland imposes a mandatory two-week waiting period after which documentation applying for the Letters of Administration can be filed in the Supreme Court. 

Applying for Letters of Administration can be complex.  Rules exist which determine who can apply to be the administrator of an estate.  If you are not the highest person in priority to apply, documentation from all people with a higher priority must be obtained to confirm their intention to renounce.   

At Dillon Legal, our legal team can assist you in completing all the necessary documentation for applying for Letters of Administration.  Contact our Gold Coast probate lawyers today for advice. 

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