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PROBATE AND LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION
NSW | PROBATE CONSULTANTS
Probate Consultants are a fast, easy, and cost-effective “lawyerless” way for everyday Australians to access guidance and expert advice on Applications for Probate in NSW and Letters of Administration in NSW.
If you have been appointed as the Executor of a Will or are the closest next-of-kin of someone who has passed without a Will – speak to our friendly, experienced NSW Probate and NSW Letters of Administration experts at Probate Consultants for an obligation-free quote – the quicker, simpler, more affordable alternative to Probate Lawyers in Sydney.
We exist to provide a seamless, innovative, and more cost-effective solution to a market saturated with expensive Probate Solicitors in Sydney. We are Probate experts, but different! We work as consultants, not lawyers, and therefore do not charge the excessive legal fees some Probate Lawyers in Sydney may charge.
We’re confident there are a lot of great Sydney Probate Lawyers out there, but we’re also sure you’ve also heard the “horror stories” of having to deal with Probate Solicitors in Sydney as well. Why take the risk? With Probate Consultants, you have the peace of mind that you are getting the expertise you need in applying for Probate in NSW and Letters of Administration in NSW, whilst experiencing our 5-Star customer service. We prioritise your experience and have built our application system around your needs during this already difficult time. See why we have a 5-Star rating on Google and what our clients say about us here.
The vision of our founders Thomas Torcello and Naomi Dumitru was to provide a premium alternative to the rigid, overly legalistic and transactional approach when dealing with the loss of a loved one – the result: Probate Consultants.
APPLYING FOR PROBATE AND LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION IN NEW SOUTH WALES
Generally speaking, applying for Probate and Letters of Administration in New South Wales involves:
This process can be daunting for many people, especially considering the strict requirements of the Supreme Court of NSW 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) or even a failed application. We guarantee your application will be successful or your Money Back. That is how confident we are in what we do.
You can contact us for a Free Consultation – with no time limit – where we will assess your situation thoroughly and provide you all the information you need to make the right choice for you and your family. Our mission at Probate Consultants is for expert advice to be accessible to all families in NSW without feelings of being on a timer or fears about “what is this costing me?”
WHY CHOOSE PROBATE CONSULTANTS IN NEW SOUTH WALES?
We treat every client as though they were our family, because that is how this business began – helping family apply for Probate when they couldn’t afford the legal fees and had difficulty navigating the complicated, legalistic landscape.
Our unique position as expert consultants – and not a traditional law firm – is one of the many aspects that differentiate Probate Consultants from Probate Lawyers in Sydney who offer the same legal outcome. We care about you, your family and the experience that you all share in dealing with the loss of a loved one.
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 is a legal term that refers to the process by which the Supreme Court of NSW certifies that:
A Will is valid and can be acted upon
The executor(s) named in the Will have the authority to finalise the deceased person’s estate. This includes all property, assets and any debt.
In determining whether you need a Grant of Probate in NSW, you can:
- Contact the institutions holding the assets of the deceased and ask whether they require a Grant in order for you to deal with the property.
- If there are minimal assets, you may only need to produce a certified copy of the Will and death certificate
Contact Probate Consultants for a free consultation regarding the estate.
- A Will is valid and can be acted upon
- The executor(s) named in the Will have the authority to finalise the deceased person’s estate. This includes all property, assets and any debt.
Probate of a Will is the process by which the validity of a Will is proved to the Supreme Court of NSW.
Probate of a Will is granted to the executor(s) who proved the Will. They are issued with a Grant of Probate which is evidence of their authority to deal with the property and assets in the deceased person’s estate. The estate must be administered in accordance with the wishes of the deceased as set out in the Will.
Once the executor(s) receive the Grant of Probate, they can begin administering the deceased person’s estate immediately.
Collecting all property and assets
Paying any debts
Distributing the assets according to the Will
Funds can be distributed to the beneficiaries named in the Will once the assets of the estate have been collected, and any debts have been paid.
The executor(s) may choose to publish a notice on the NSW Online Registry before distributing any funds. This is called a ‘Notice of Intended Distribution’ and gives creditors 30 days to make a claim on the estate where there are debts owed. This is not mandatory however, may provide protection from claims made by creditors in the future.
If you were to apply yourself, without engaging a solicitor or using Probate Consultants, you would pay the following:
- Advertisement fee – $48
- Filing Fee (based on gross value of the estate)
- $0: Less than $100,000
- $772: More than $100,000 but less than $250,000
- $1,048: More than $250,000 but less than $500,000
- $1,607: More than $500,000 but less than $1,000,000
- $2,141: More than $1,000,000 but less than $2,000,000
- $3,568: More than $2,000,000 but less than $5,000,000
- $5,948: More than $5,000,000
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:
- Costs & Disbursements
- Advertisement Fee
- Filing Fee
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 over the total out-of-pocket cost involved in obtaining Probate from the beginning. No surprises.
The fixed fee is determined by the total value of the property and assets in NSW.
Our all-inclusive quote includes:
- Our fee
- Advertisement Fee
- Filing Fee
- Paid to the Supreme Court of New South Wales when the Application is lodged
There are three ways to apply for a Grant of Probate:
Instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf
Authorise a Trustee Company to act as the executor or administrator
Prepare the Application yourself (without a Solicitor)
Many people don’t realise that you can apply for Probate yourself without seeing a Solicitor. The challenging part, however, is navigating the complicated forms, filling them out in accordance with the strict requirements of the Supreme Court of NSW and arranging all the necessary documents for lodgement.
That’s where Probate Consultants come in! We do all the tricky paperwork and processes for you, guaranteeing that your application will be successful or your money back. You get the same legal outcome as seeing a Solicitor, without any excessive legal fees.
Someone who passes away without a valid Will has died intestate. To deal with the property and assets they have left behind, someone who is entitled to benefit from the estate, usually the deceased’s closest next-of-kin, can apply for Letters of Administration.
Letters of Administration are issued by the Supreme Court of NSW to the person(s) legally entitled to deal with the property and assets of someone who has died intestate. This person is appointed Administrator of the estate.
Probate Filing Fees are paid to the Supreme Court of NSW in order to lodge an application for Probate. This is what it costs in order for the Court to process the application, and if successful, grant Probate of the Will.
The Filing Fee payable for an application is determined by the total value of assets held in New South Wales. The higher the value of the NSW assets in the estate, the higher the cost of the Filing Fee.
Yes, you can apply for Probate yourself without a solicitor.
To see what’s involved in preparing your own application for Probate you can visit the NSW Supreme Court Website here.
The challenging part with drafting your own Probate Application is navigating the complicated forms, filling them out correctly and adhering to the Supreme Court of NSW’s strict requirements.
That’s where Probate Consultants come in! We do all the tricky paperwork and processes for you, guaranteeing that your application will be successful or your money back. You get the same legal outcome as seeing a Solicitor, without expensive legal fees.