Probate and Letters of Administration

Where a person dies leaving a Will, the Supreme Court must authenticate the Will prior to the person(s) named as executor in the Will being able to deal with the deceased’s estate or making distributions to beneficiaries.

Where a person dies without leaving a will, usually someone from the deceased’s closest family will make an application for ‘letters of administration’ to be granted by the Supreme Court.

A grant of probate or letters of letters of administration by the Supreme Court gives the named person(s) (the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate) the right to administer the estate either according to the Will or, where there is no Will, the rules of intestacy.

We can assist in the process of making an application for a grant of probate or letters of administration and in advising the appointed executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate.

You can find further helpful information explaining what is probate and administration and how to apply for for a grant of probate or administration on the website of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

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