The Personal Representative for the estate of a deceased person is responsible for collecting the deceased assets, arranging for payment of debts and taxes and Also for distributing the remaining assets and funds to the persons, trusts or charities who are as beneficiaries in the estate.
It is often necessary for a Personal Representative to obtain a formal appointment (Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration) from the Court before he or she can deal with the estate assets. The Court will review the nature of the estate, the form of the Will (if any) and the beneficiaries and family of the deceased. Once the Court is satisfied that the Will is valid and everyone who is entitled to be informed has received notice of the application and the opportunity to appear, it will appoint the Personal Representative and grant him or her the authority to administer the deceased’s estate.
We can advise you whether a Grant of Probate or Administration is required and, if so, we can prepare and present your application to the Court and then assist you with administration of the estate. If a court application is not required, we can assist you with administering the estate without Court Order.