Our lawyers have gained extensive experience in deceased estates and are here to guide, support and assist you through this process.
Making an application to deal with a deceased estate
When someone dies and they owned property, had funds in the bank, superannuation, shares or any other asset or liabilities (debts), an application will need to be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria for either Probate (where the deceased had a Will) or Letters of Administration (where a person dies without a Will).
There is a process to be followed and a number of legal documents to be drafted before an application can be made.
The Supreme Court of Victoria have recently initiated an online process for completing and filing applications, called Red-Crest Probate. Our lawyers are trained in using this system which allows for a faster, direct application process.
Calling in assets, distributing an estate
Once the application has been made and granted then the assets of the deceased can be called in, properties sold, debts paid, and distributions made to beneficiaries.
Our lawyers can take the stress out of this process, dealing directly with Banks, Accountants, Nursing Homes on your behalf, to collect and distribute your loved one’s estate.
Our lawyers offer expertise in conveyancing, in the event the sale of property was required.
What if there is a dispute?
You may be in a position to make a claim against a deceased estate or you may want to protect a deceased estate from someone who should not benefit from a Will.
If you want to know about contesting a Will or protecting the wishes of a loved one who has passed, contact us today. Do not delay as time is of the essence. There are time limitations when it comes to disputes over Wills and Estates.