Probate and Letters of Administration isn’t easy. And The passing of a family member or loved one is one of the toughest things in life to face. That’s why at Grant & Co Lawyers, we recognize that the appropriate distribution of your loved one’s assets is crucial. And we aim to take the burden during a difficult time.
To administer a deceased person’s affairs, a Grant of Representation must be issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria. Only then will an executor be authorised to manage matters such as the person’s bank accounts, real property, employment entitlements or superannuation. These outstanding matters become known as the ‘estate’.
Grant of Representation
Firstly, you will need to determine whether the deceased person left behind a valid Will. You can then proceed with an application to the court for a grant of representation. It’s important to note that, this will enable you to finalise matters and distribute the deceased person’s assets accordingly. There are 3 main types of grants:
You should apply for a grant of Probate if the deceased has left behind a Will. You can find more information on this further down the page.
2. Letter of Administration with the Will Annexed
This refers to situations where the executor (named in the Will) cannot, or will not, prove the Will. You can find more information on this further down the page.
3. Letters of Administration
If the deceased did not leave a Will, you will need to apply for Letter of Administration. You can find more information on this further down the page.