Probate Lawyers

Your specialist Probate Lawyers in Brisbane

At QLD Estate Lawyers, we have a team of experienced probate lawyers on hand and ready to answer all your questions. As a commonly used term during estate administration is it important you understand and what it means. Our expert and friendly Probate Lawyers are here to guide you through this difficult time and ensure you are well informed during the proceedings.

Probate is the Supreme Court’s recognition that a will is legally valid. While it isn’t always a prerequisite to estate administration, there are instances where it may be required. For example, organizations such as banks and shares registries may need to sight a grant before releasing estate assets.

Types of grants

  • Grant of probate – This form of grant exists where a will has been validly constituted and the person applying for probate is listed as the executor of the will.
  • Grant of letters of administration of the will – This grant exists where there is a valid will, but someone other than the executor is seeking probate. In this instance, the authorised person will be an administrator.
  • Grant of letters of administration on intestacy – This grant arises where this is no valid will. The authorised person will be an administrator and the entire estate will be governed in accordance with the intestacy rules.

It is also important to note that where another State (or sometimes Country) has issued a grant of probate of letters of administration but the estate has assets located in Queensland, it may be necessary to obtain a reseal of that grant in Queensland.

Informal wills eg a document, note or video prepared as a will can be validated by the court on formal application that produces evidence that the will maker intended it to be his will and to have operative effect.

Do I need probate?

There are a number of circumstances in which probate is not required. These include instances in which:

  1. The value of the assets is relatively small;
  2. The real estate is to be transferred to a beneficiary named in the will;
  3. You have to sell real estate.

Who can apply?

Before probate is granted, a court must be satisfied that it is being sought by the appropriate person – that is, the person who is recognised as the personal representative of the estate.

For more information on making a will in Queensland, or for advice on estate administration, our friendly team is ready to help. Contact us online or by calling 1300 580 413.

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Contact our Wills and Estate lawyers by sending us an email and we’ll get in touch shortly, or phone between 8:30AM and 5:00PM Monday to Friday — we would be delighted to speak.

Office hours — 1300 580 413

Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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