Probate Application Australian Capital Territory
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As a quicker, more affordable alternative to Probate Lawyers in the ACT, Probate Consultants is the preferred choice for many Australians who need to obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration to deal with the estate of a loved one who has passed away. We get our clients the same outcome as a Probate Solicitor in the ACT without the excessive legal fees or cumbersome application process.
Probate Consultants provide a Free Consultation where we assess your situation thoroughly and explain what is involved in applying for Probate in the ACT and Letters of Administration in the ACT in a way that is accessible, relevant and practical. We simplify all the legal jargon into language that is easy to understand and ensure that you have all the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family.
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As Australia’s highest rated Probate service, the experience of our clients is paramount, and our innovative service has been built for those who need friendly yet professional support and expert guidance on Probate applications in the ACT and Letters of Administration applications in the ACT. At Probate Consultants, we understand that having to deal with legal complexities after the loss of a friend or family member can be taxing. We make it easy for you to get a Grant of Probate in the ACT or Grant of Letters of Administration in the ACT and are here to guide you through the entire process from start to finish.
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Applying for Probate and Letters of Administration in ACT
Typically, applying for Probate and Letters of Administration in the ACT involves the following steps:
This process can be overwhelming and confusing, which is why we offer a simple and straightforward way of applying for Probate and Letters of Administration in the ACT. At Probate Consultants, we believe that expert guidance and support should be available to everyone – without the complicated legal jargon, lengthy timeframes and high costs.
Probate Applications in the ACT consist of the following documents:
- Originating Application
- Affidavit of Executor
- Annexure ‘A’ – Certified Copy of Death Certificate
- Annexure ‘B’ – Inventory of Property
- Annexure ‘C’ – Notice of Intention to Apply for Probate
- Affidavit of Search
- The Original Will with signatures in the margin
- Draft Grant x 2
Probate applications in the ACT can be lodged with the Supreme Court in person or by post. Probate is usually granted within 1-2 weeks of lodgement and the Grant of Probate is collected from the Court by the executors. If, however, there is an issue with the application, the Court will raise a requisition that must be answered before the Grant of Probate is issued.
Probate in the Australian Capital Territory can be daunting for many people, especially considering the strict requirements of the Supreme Court and the various procedural aspects involved. Leave the challenging paperwork and processes to Probate Consultants and mitigate the risk of a requisition (questions raised by the Court). As Australia’s highest-rated Probate service we make the application process easy, fast and personal.
Contact us today for a Free Consultation – there are no time limits and never any obligations. We will assess your situation thoroughly and provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family.
Fast, Affordable & Easy – why choose Probate Consultants in the ACT?
At Probate Consultants we have a straightforward, streamlined application process that makes obtaining Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration in the ACT quick and simple.
Our Co-Founders, Thomas and Naomi Torcello, created a consultancy to revolutionise the way Australian families apply for Probate and Letters of Administration. Their aim was to offer a truly personal and bespoke service that delivers the same legal outcome as ACT Probate Lawyers.
Thomas, is an experienced lawyer who understood first-hand the challenges faced by those required to apply for Probate and Letters of Administration when his grandfather passed away. He was deeply affected after seeing his grandmother struggle with high fees, lack of transparency and a complicated application process.
From this experience, the foundations of Probate Consultants emerged, and this special business was founded with the mission of creating a seamless and affordable Probate and Letters of Administration application process for everyone in Australia.
Why Probate Consultants are the highest rate Probate service in the ACT
Probate Consultants tailor the application process around the needs of each client rather than treating every situation the same. We work around you, and your unique needs during this challenging time ensuring your experience is personal and bespoke.
You will only ever deal with one person at Probate Consultants – your dedicated consultant. They guide you through the entire application process, from initial consultation to the Grant being issued.
They also do all the legal work for your application – No outsourcing or delegation.
With same-day responses to all calls and emails, you will always feel heard, understood and fully informed. And don’t worry, there are no extra charges!
All application for Probate and Letters of Administration are completed by Probate Consultants in 24-hours. This is the fastest turnaround in the industry and is the reason we guarantee that our clients get Probate in SA and Letters of Administration in SA in the shortest possible time.
With over 130 Five-Star Reviews on Google, Probate Consultants is the highest rated Probate Service in SA. We deliver an unparalleled client experience that prioritises ease, responsiveness and professionalism.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Note: The information provided is general in nature and is intended to offer an outline only. It is not comprehensive, nor does it constitute legal advice.
Probate in the ACT is a legal process where the Supreme Court certifies that:
- A person has passed away (the deceased).
- The deceased left a valid Will.
- The executor(s) named in the Will have the authority to administer and finalise the deceased’s estate.
- This includes all property, assets and any debt.
A Grant of Probate in the ACT is a legal document issued to the executor(s) of a valid Will by the Supreme Court. It is proof of an executor’s legal right to administer and finalise a deceased person’s estate (deceased estate).
You apply for a Grant of Probate in the ACT by lodging a Probate application with the Supreme Court.
The Probate application consists of a number of documents, including affidavits, and can be lodged once the application has been advertised for 14 clear days in a daily newspaper circulating generally in the ACT.
The cost involved in applying for Probate in the ACT depends on the way in which you choose to apply. There are 4 main ways to apply for a Grant of Probate in the Australian Capital Territory:
- Prepare the application yourself.
- Engage Probate Consultants to assist with your application.
- Instruct a lawyer to act on your behalf.
- Authorise a Trustee Company to act as the executor.
If you apply for Probate yourself, without a solicitor or Probate Consultants, the only cost involved are:
- Advertisement Fee
- Filing Fee. This is paid when lodging the application with the ACT Supreme Court
This is paid to the daily newspaper that is publishing the Notice of Intention to apply for Probate (Advertisement). The Canberra Times charge between $300 and $350 to publish a Probate Advertisement depending on the day it will appear in the newspaper.
The Filing Fee is based on gross value of the estate in the ACT and is paid to the Supreme Court when the Probate application is lodged:
- No Fee: Less than $50,000
- $959.50: More than $50,000 but less than $250,000
- $1,212: More than $250,000 but less than $500,000
- $1,832: More than $500,000 but less than $1,000,000
- $2,439: More than $1,000,000
There is no standard cost that solicitors charge for preparing Probate applications. Fees vary from practitioner to practitioner and practice to practice.
When considering a price quote from a Solicitor, ensure the following has been included to avoid any surprises in the final bill:
- Filing Fee
- Costs & Disbursements
Often lawyers will provide a quote for their professional fee only, excluding any GST or the administrative costs involved. This can add hundreds of dollars to the final bill.
We provide a fixed quote that includes all fees and GST. You have complete certainty as to the total out-of-pocket cost involved in obtaining Probate from the beginning. No surprises.
Our all-inclusive quote includes:
- Our Fixed Fee: $995 + GST
- Advertisement Fee: $300 – $350 (set by the newspaper)
- Supreme Court Filing Fee
Probate is usually granted within 1-2 weeks in the ACT.
Please Note: The original Will is lodged with the Probate Registry as part of the Probate application process. This can be done in-person or by post. The application will not be processed until the Will is received.
You can apply for Probate yourself by:
- Completing the required forms.
- Advertising the Probate application in an ACT daily newspaper.
- Lodging the Probate application with the Supreme Court.
The following documents are needed in order to apply for Probate in the ACT:
- Original Will and any codicil(s)
- Death Certificate
- Details of the assets and liabilities of the deceased person
Probate is not always required where there is a Will in the ACT. Probate is only required when an asset holder (ie Aged Care Facility, Bank, Share Registry etc) will not allow an executor to deal with an asset unless a formal Grant of Probate is produced.
Probate may also be necessary to perform other duties in relation to finalising a deceased person’s estate, including making contact with the ATO regarding tax returns or dealing with liabilities such as mortgages.
Probate is required in the ACT when an asset holder (Bank, Super Fund, Aged Care Facility, etc) requests a Grant of Probate before allowing an executor access to a deceased person’s assets.
It may also be necessary to perform other duties in relation to finalising a deceased person’s estate, including making contact with the ATO regarding tax returns or dealing with liabilities such as mortgages.
You Need a Grant In The Following Situations:
- Seeking the refund of an Accommodation Bond (RAD) from an aged care facility.
- Accessing funds in a bank account over a certain value, usually $50,000.
- Dealing with real estate held solely by the deceased, or as tenants in common.
- Accessing shares over a certain value, usually $50,000.
- Dealing with Superannuation that is payable to the estate.
You can determine whether Probate is required in the ACT by:
- Contacting asset holders and asking whether they require a Grant of Probate in order for you to deal with the estate.
- If there are minimal assets, you may only need to produce a certified copy of the Will and death certificate.
- Contacting Probate Consultants for a Free Consultation regarding the estate.
Probate is not required in the ACT when asset holders will release the deceased person’s assets without the need for a Grant issued by the Supreme Court. There is no legal requirement to obtain a Grant of Probate to administer a deceased estate in the ACT.
Please Note: Probate may also be necessary to perform other duties in relation to finalising a deceased person’s estate, including making contact with the ATO regarding tax returns or dealing with liabilities such as mortgages.