What are Letters of Administration?

When a person dies leaving assets in New South Wales (NSW), all assets of the deceased (both real estate and personal property) are deemed to be vested in the NSW Trustee by reason of section 61 of the Probate and Administration Act 1898 (NSW).

If the deceased died leaving a valid Will, it is the duty of the executor named in that Will to call in the assets, pay liabilities and distribute the estate to the beneficiaries so named.

Where there is no valid Will (the deceased dies ‘intestate’), where there is a Will but no executor, or where the executor has renounced Probate or is not willing or capable of acting as executor, then the task of administration of the estate may only be carried out by a person(s) obtaining a Grant of Letters of Administration in NSW.

The Grant of Letters of Administration is not only proof that the person named in the Grant (called the ‘Administrator’) is entitled to handle the assets, but upon the Grant of Letters of Administration, all assets of the deceased are vested in the name of the Administrator and not the NSW Trustee.

Once the Grant of Letters of Administration has been obtained, the asset holder (such as the Bank, NSW Department of Lands, Aged Care Facility or Share Registry) will release or transfer the deceased’s assets into the Administrator’s name so that the Administrator may go about his or her duties. 

An application for Letters of Administration in NSW must be in the prescribed form and satisfy the Court that both the Probate and Administration Act (NSW) and Supreme Court Act (NSW) have been complied with.

Probate Sydney is Sydney’s Probate and Letters of Administration service, enabling executors and Administrators obtain Probate and Letters of Administration at a fixed cost, quickly and hassle free to ensure that you meet your obligations as Legal Personal Representative in a timely manner.

Once engaged by you, we commence the application by arranging for the Notice of the Intended Application for Letters of Administration to be published in the newspaper. We then draft all the required Court papers and meet with you at one of our 10 Sydney locations to sign the application. Following this meeting we lodge the application with the Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW) and notify you once the Grant of Letters of Administration has returned. Finally, upon receiving the Grant of Letters of Administration we organise for a further notice to be published in the newspaper in order to protect you from any claims of creditors.

To get started with the application simply complete your details by clicking here, or contact us on 1300 4 PROBATE (1300 477 622).

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