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22 Jan 2024 · Understanding the Probate Process in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia

Understanding the Probate Process in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia


Probate is a legal process that plays a crucial role in the administration of a deceased person's estate. It involves proving the validity of a will, ensuring that the deceased's assets are distributed correctly, and resolving any disputes that may arise. In Australia, the probate process is governed by state-specific legislation, with slight variations in Queensland and New South Wales. This article outlines the probate process in these two states, highlighting key aspects that individuals should be aware of.


Probate in Queensland: In Queensland, the Supreme Court is responsible for probate matters. The probate process typically involves the following steps:

a. Determining the Validity of the Will: The Court verifies the authenticity of the deceased's will to establish its legality.

b. Applying for Probate: The executor named in the will or a person with a sufficient interest in the estate can apply for probate with the Supreme Court.

c. Assets and Liabilities Assessment: The Court examines the deceased's assets and liabilities to establish the value of the estate.

d. Lodging the Application: The probate application, accompanied by supporting documentation, is lodged with the Supreme Court.

e. Grant of Probate: If the Court is satisfied with the application, it issues a Grant of Probate, empowering the executor to administer the estate.

f. Distributing Assets: The executor marshals the assets of the deceased, pays any outstanding debts or taxes, and distributes the remaining assets among the beneficiaries outlined in the will.


Probate in New South Wales: The process of probate in New South Wales is similar to Queensland, but there are a few notable differences:

a. Jurisdiction: The Supreme Court of New South Wales has jurisdiction over probate matters in the state.

b. Applying for Probate: The executor or a person entitled to a share in the estate can apply for probate. The application is lodged with the Supreme Court, along with supporting documents.

c. Notice Requirements: In New South Wales, the executor must publish a notice of intention to apply for probate in a local newspaper. This allows potential claimants to come forward with any disputes or claims they may have.

d. Grant of Probate: If the Court is satisfied with the application and no disputes or claims are presented, it issues the Grant of Probate.

e. Estate Administration: The executor fulfills their duties by collecting and distributing the deceased's assets according to the terms of the will, paying any debts or taxes, and finalizing the administration process.



The probate process in Queensland and New South Wales is a structured legal procedure that ensures the deceased person's assets are handled properly and distributed to the intended beneficiaries. While there are slight variations between the two states, the steps involved generally revolve around verifying the validity of the will, lodging an application for probate, obtaining the Grant of Probate, and administering the estate accordingly. Executors and individuals involved in the probate process should seek legal advice to ensure compliance with state-specific laws.


Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal advice. It is always recommended to consult with a legal professional or a solicitor to obtain tailored advice specific to your situation.

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