What is probate?

A Grant of Probate gives someone the legal right to administer the estate of a deceased person’s Will. Probate is a critical legal step needed before the estate can be administered and any bequests distributed to beneficiaries. A Grant of Probate is a document issued by the Supreme Court certifying the Will of the deceased person is valid. It also confirms the appointment of an Executor, the person or organisation responsible for estate administration.

Applying for probate

When you apply for probate, you need to be mindful that:

  • The Will is an original document
  • It must be the last valid Will made by the deceased
  • People may contest the Will

How we can help

Estate administration is usually a long and time-consuming task. Without the required knowledge and skills in law, accounting and business, the task can become an unexpected burden. If you believe the role may be too much of a burden, you are allowed to ask for help.

At State Trustees we have the expertise to help administer your loved one’s estate. Every day we help Executors with probate application and with other tasks they find complex, challenging or time consuming, such as:

  • applying for Probate
  • distributing assets to beneficiaries
  • preparing tax returns
  • mediating and resolving family conflict
  • conveyancing and other property related services
  • other related legal services

As Victoria’s leading estate administrator, State Trustees can help Executors in two ways:

1. End to end estate administration
We provide convenient, end to end estate administration services when appointed as an Executor of an estate, or if an Executor does not wish to remain in their role State Trustees can take on full legal liability and responsibility for administering an estate. We can also assist if someone has died without a Will.

2. Executor Assist
Our specialist services for Executors who wish to retain their role, legal liability and responsibility for administering an estate but require assistance with specific tasks such as obtaining a Grant of Probate, property services and tax advice etc.

Our fee for a standard application for a grant of probate starts from $2,200 including GST*. Fees for any other services after a Grant of Probate is obtained are additional.

If you have any questions about the role of an Executor and the services we offer to support Executors, contact us on 03 9667 6444 or 1300 138 672 (outside Melbourne) for a confidential, obligation free discussion.

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*The fee is based on a standard application for a grant of probate. For an application for a grant of letters of administration and a complex probate application requiring additional affidavits, an additional fee of $1,450 including GST will apply. For more information about what constitutes a complex probate application contact State Trustees on 03 9667 6444 or 1300 138 672 (outside Melbourne).