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Applying for Probate in the NT or Letters of Administration in the NT is often one of the first steps you will take when dealing with the estate of a loved one who has passed away. Together these are known as Grants of Representation, and although there is no legal requirement that you must obtain a Grant before dealing with a deceased person’s estate, many asset-holders will request Probate or Letters of Administration before releasing assets.
Probate applications in the NT and Letters of Administration applications in the NT can be daunting and many people feel overwhelmed when trying to navigate the various forms and strict procedures of the Supreme Court. Whilst NT Probate Lawyers are a great option for complex applications that require legal advice, most applications are straightforward.
Probate Consultants is Australia’s highest rated Probate Service and is aiming to expanding to the NT soon. Whilst we cannot yet assist you in applying for a Grant of Probate in the NT or Letters of Administration in the NT, we still want to provide you with information that is relevant, practical and accessible. We are passionate about helping people get through their most trying times, and hope that the content on our website makes this legal process a little easier for you and your family.
Applying for Probate and Letters of Administration in the Northern Territory
Applying for Probate and Letters of Administration in the Northern Territory consists of the following:
Many people find this process stressful and confusing, which is why we offer a simple and straightforward way of applying for Probate and Letters of Administration which we aim to offer in the NT soon. At Probate Consultants, we believe that expert advice should be available to everyone in Australia – without the complicated legal jargon and excessive fees.
Probate Applications in the NT consist of the following documents:
- Notice of Intended Application for Probate
- Affidavit of Publication and Search
- Oath of Office
- Affidavit of Assets and Liabilities
- Affidavit of Executor
- Affidavit of Death
- Affidavit of Identity
- Affidavit Of Legal Practitioner
- Original Will with signatures in the margin
- Grant Of Probate
Probate applications in the NT are lodged electronically by emailing the documents to the Supreme Court of NT. Applications can be lodged once 14 days have passed since the publication of the Notice.
Probate in the NT is usually granted within 28 days.
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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 NT 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 NT 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 NT by completing the following steps:
- Electronically filing a Notice of your intention to apply with the Registry of the Supreme Court of the NT.
- If you do not wish to file this Notice electronically, it will need to be published in at least 1 Darwin daily newspaper and a second local newspaper if the deceased lived more than 200km from Darwin’s General Post Office.
- Completing the application forms and signing them in the presence of an authorise witness.
- Contacting the Public Trustee’s Office to check if the deceased person deposited a Will with them.
- Lodging the duly executed application with the Supreme Court by email.
- This can only be done once the Notice has been published for 14 clear days.
The cost involved in applying for Probate in the NT depends on the way in which you choose to apply.
There are 3 main ways to apply for a Grant of Probate in the Northern Territory:
- Prepare the application yourself
- Instruct a lawyer to act on your behalf
- Authorise a Trustee Company to act as the executor
Probate Consultants aim to launch our service in NT soon and offer a faster, easier and more affordable way for people to obtain Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration.
If you apply for Probate yourself the only cost involved is the Filing Fee of $748.10. This is paid to the Supreme Court of the NT when lodging the application.
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.
All Probate applications in the NT are lodged online. The application documents are filed electronically by emailing the Supreme Court.
In the NT, Probate is usually granted within 28 days once the application is lodged.
Probate applications can only be lodged once a Notice of Intended Application for Probate has been published on the Supreme Court website for 14 days.
The whole Probate process take between 5 – 6 weeks in the Northern Territory.
In the NT, Grants of Probate are usually issued within 28 days once the application has been lodged.
You can apply for Probate yourself by in the NT by:
- Electronically filing a Notice of Intended Application for Probate with the Supreme Court.
- Completing the required forms.
- Lodging the Probate application online and providing the Court with the Original Will.
Probate is not always required where there is a Will in the NT. 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.
Some asset holders will release an asset without requiring a Grant of Probate. In these cases you will usually need to produce a certified copy of the Death Certificate and Will. You should contact each asset holder to find out whether Probate is required to access the asset.
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 necessary in the NT 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 NT 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 NT 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 NT.
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.