Estate Administration

As a specialty law firm, Qld Estate Lawyers can offer expert advice on estate administration.

Estate administration can be a complex area of the law. Whether you’re trying to manage the will of a deceased loved one or you want to prepare for the future, retaining an experienced lawyer can minimise the stress involved with matters relating to wills and estates. Our estate lawyers in Brisbane are expert in the following areas of legal practice.

If you need assistance with mapping out the future of your estate, we can help you get your affairs in order. Regardless of how many assets you currently own, careful estate planning is essential to safeguarding you and your family’s financial security. We take your individual wishes into consideration and guide you through every step involved with the process.

And regardless of your estate’s complexity, our estate lawyers have the knowledge and experience to efficiently assist you manage its administration. You can rely on us and have peace of mind knowing the estate is in safe hands.

Making a Will

Drawing up a will is a relatively simple process. Even if you’re not expecting to need a will anytime soon, having one in place will ensure your assets are managed in an appropriate manner should the unthinkable happen.

A will lets you control how your estate will be divided after you pass away. In the absence of a valid will, your family and friends may have to decide what to do with your assets, a process that can involve complex legal processes and significant stress.

Making a will is the best way to spare your loved ones from having to guess how you would have wanted to distribute your wealth. Qld Estate Lawyers can help you create a legally valid will so your beneficiaries are able to access their inheritance as quickly as possible.

Find out more information on making a Will

Obtaining Probate of Will

The person administering a deceased person’s will usually requires the legal authorisation of the Supreme Court before any assets can be collected or distributed. This authority is referred to as the grant of probate of the will. In Australia, most banks and financial institutions will not release the balance of a deceased person’s bank account - other than for small balances - until probate has been obtained.

The person named as executor of the will is usually responsible for applying for probate.

If the person named in the will as executor has died or is unwilling to act, someone else can apply to the court  for a grant of "letters of administration" i.e. authority to administer the will. (See below).

If you require a court order - either probate or letters of administration - our estate lawyers can assist you with all aspects of probate law.

There are some circumstances in which probate won’t be required. These include:

  • If the deceased person’s estate is relatively small
  • For transfer of particular real estate to a beneficiary if provided for in the will
  • transfer of the deceased's share in an asset to the surviving joint owner.

Our estate lawyers can determine whether you need probate for letters of administration. Find out more information on Probate of Will

Use our free online Assessment Tool to decide if you are likely to need probate or letters of administration.

Letters of Administration

If a person passes away without a valid will, a family member or next of kin can apply to the court for authority to collect and distribute their assets. Such authority is called "letters of administration" and is issued by the Supreme Court. Banks will require  letters of administration to be obtained  before they will release any bank funds from the deceased's accounts, in these circumstances.

The court will grant letters of administration to a spouse or child of the deceased or even someone to whom the deceased owes money.

If the person named in the will as executor has died or is unwilling to act, someone else can apply to the court  for what would have been, had the executor applied for it - a grant of probate. In this instance however, grant issued is also a grant of letters of administration.

If you need letters of administration - because the deceased died without a will or because a named executor has died or is unwilling to act - Qld Estate Lawyers can assist you with the application process so you don’t have to navigate the legal system alone.

Out estate lawyers can help prepare the necessary documents to establish your entitlement for a grant lawyers to administer the estate. Working with our lawyers will simplify this process for you.

Find out more information on Letters of Administration

Use our free online Assessment Tool to decide if you are likely to need probate or letters of administration.

Executor's duties

Executors and administrators have specific duties to perform for which they are accountable. The primary accountabilities of the role include:

  • Locating their will
  • Taking steps to identify and secure the deceased person’s assets
  • Obtaining a grant ie of probate or letters of administration
  • Identifying and communicating with beneficiaries
  • Distributing assets

Our estate lawyers can help you manage the legal responsibilities involved with acting as executor of an estate. Find out more information on Executor of Estate

  1. Use our free online Assessment Tool to see the first steps you should be taking as executor or administrator
  2. Use our free online Assessment Tool to guide you through the estate administration process to its conclusion

Payment to Executors and Administrators

Some wills specify that the executor of the estate be paid for their services. in the absence of a specific provision in the will, an executor or administrator may still be entitled to be remunerated.

Certainly they can recover all expenses they incur from the estate. They are also generally entitled to "commission" the amount of which depends on the "pains and troubles" he or she sustained in administering the estate.   Payment to an executor – if not provided for in the will – requires the authorisation of the court or the agreement of all the beneficiaries.

You should always speak with a lawyer before making any decisions regarding payment to an executor. Find out more information on Payment for Executor

Use our free online Assessment Tool to calculate what remuneration is potentially payable to the person acting as executor or administrator.

Start the Process

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