When a resident dies in New South Wales, the person named as the Executor to the Will is required to apply for a Grant of Probate in order to distribute the deceased’s estate accordingly.
We’ve provided a complete guide explaining how to apply for a Grant of Probate in New South Wales outlining your responsibilities as an applicant.
The following documents are required (but may not be limited to), for filing a Grant of Probate application in New South Wales:
In New South Wales, applicants must wait a minimum of 14 days after the probate notice is published on the NSW Online Registry. This is the responsibility of the Executor to the Will and is also called a ‘Notice of intended application’.
A Grant of Probate permits the nominated Executor to the Will to legally manage and distribute a deceased person’s estate as per their directions outlined in their Will.
An estate must not be accessed until a Grant of Probate application has been approved and issued by the Supreme Court of New South Wales to the original applicant (Executor to the Will).
The Executor to the Will must file an application for a Grant of Probate within 6 months of the deceased’s date of death.
Exemptions only apply where a reasonable explanation for a delay can be provided.
Fees associated with applying for a Grant of Probate in NSW include:
The filing fee will be based on the gross value of the estate. Further information regarding specific fees can be found here.
While Grant of Probate processing times vary, you should expect to receive your Grant of Probate within 2-6 weeks of filing.
These processing timeframes are an approximate estimate and are indicative of the average waiting periods for applications in New South Wales.
If there are any issues with your application, you’ll receive a written requisition from the Court explaining the problems and how to rectify them.
It’s important to follow the application and form directions carefully as incomplete or incorrectly filed submissions may cause delays and extend processing times.
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