Do you need to administer an estate of a loved one?

Deceased estate administration often comes at a time when you are suffering a personal loss. Carrying out the final wishes of a loved one can be daunting and overwhelming as every estate is unique.

When administering a deceased estate, an understanding of or some experience in finance, business or law is helpful. The executor is responsible for organising the funeral, obtaining the death certificate, applying for a grant of probate, managing and securing the assets, lodging individual and estate tax returns, distributing the estate to beneficiaries, as well as managing any conflict. The executor also takes on the legal liability of the estate and is responsible for defending any claims made.


We are here to help

As the Public Trustee of Victoria, State Trustees administers more deceased estates than any other organisation in Victoria.

Our specialists have experience in dealing with estates of varying levels of complexity and can provide unbiased service and trusted advice in estate administration.

Executor Assist-Obtaining a grant of probate

A grant of probate is a legal document issued by the Court that allows the executor to deal with the assets of the deceased. It is official proof that the will is valid and can be acted upon. It also confirms the appointment of the executor/s.

If you require expert guidance with obtaining a grant of probate our service includes:

  • Explaining the administration process and the role of executor
  • Reviewing the Will and death certificate to identify the specific needs of the estate
  • Assisting with the gathering of relevant documents to support the probate application probate
  • Lodging the application for a grant of probate with the Supreme Court

Our fee for a standard application for a grant of probate starts from $2,200 including GST.*

*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 $1,300 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).

To find out more about our Probate Service call us today on 03 9667 6444 or 1300 138 672 (outside Melbourne) or make an enquiry here.

When there is no will

If someone has died without a will, it may be necessary to apply for a grant of letters of administration. A grant of letters of administration is a legal document issued by the Court, which allows the administrator to manage and distribute the deceased’s estate. In most instances, the court will make a grant to the next of kin of the deceased.

State Trustees professionals can help you apply for a grant of letters of administration.

To find out more about our Letters of Administration Service call us today on 03 9667 6444 or 1300 138 672 (outside Melbourne) or make an enquiry here.



Need further help?

Executor Assist-Specialist Services

If you have already obtained a grant of probate or a grant of letters of administration and need help with other estate administration tasks, our Executor Assist specialists provide a range of services including preparing tax returns, conveyancing and managing the legal affairs of the estate.

We charge a combination of fixed fees and hourly rates depending on the tasks involved. Our fees and rates are competitively priced and there won’t be any unexpected costs.

To find out more about our Executor Assist Specialist Services, call us today on 03 9667 6444 or 1300 138 672 (outside Melbourne) for an obligation-free quote or make an enquiry here.

End-to-end Deceased Estate Administration

If you are an executor feeling overwhelmed by deceased estate administration and you do not wish to remain in the role, we can administer the estate on your behalf.

When State Trustees is authorised as an executor, we handle all aspects of the estate administration process such as paying debts, organising the relevant paperwork; and assume legal liability, giving you peace-of-mind that you’re receiving expert and impartial help.

To find out more about our Deceased Estate Administration Service call us today on 03 9667 6444 or 1300 138 672 (outside Melbourne) for an obligation-free discussion or make an enquiry here.



Case Study

“I contacted State Trustees right after Dad died, and they took care of everything.”
Alice*, a successful businesswoman and mother of two, was named as the executor in her father’s Will.

The estate was complex, comprising shares, an investment property and a business. Administering the estate was difficult enough. The added stress from an estranged brother who started making demands on the estate after her father died, did not help.

Alice was working long hours and knew that she wouldn’t have the time and energy required to finalise her father’s estate. She also wanted to share her father’s estate fairly with her brother, so she decided to contact State Trustees.

Alice decided to renounce her role as executor and appoint State Trustees instead. She was able to continue supporting her family and resume her own professional commitments, knowing everything would be taken care of by a team of experts at State Trustees.

*Real name withheld for privacy reasons