Wills & Estate Planning
Probate/Letters of Administration
If a person dies leaving a valid Will, Rockliffs is also able to assist the Executors of a Will in obtaining Probate. This is a document (Order) granted or issued by the Supreme Court, which confirms the validity of a Will and which empowers the Executors named in a Will to administer and carry out the wishes of the Will maker.
If a person dies leaving no valid Will, Rockliffs is also able to assist the personal legal representative of the deceased person (usually the next of kin) in applying to the Supreme Court of NSW for the grant of Letters of Administration. Letters of Administration is an Order of the Court authorising a person (called an administrator) to administer the deceased's Estate and distribute assets.
Generally if you incur costs in the making of an application for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration and dealing with the assets and liabilities of the Estate, you will be entitled to be reimbursed from the Estate for the reasonable costs you incur.
The facts and circumstances relating to each Estate is different and therefore if you find that you are handling a deceased Estate, it is strongly recommended that you seek legal advice first.
Rockliffs experienced team of wills, probate and Estate litigation lawyers will work with you to assess the relevant issues and advise you of the legal options and avenues available to you.