We’re sorry for your loss. Dealing with a death is challenging, and if you’ve discovered that your loved one did not leave Will, you are likely trying to juggle many responsibilities and navigate the legal process. The first time you might hear about needing a Grant of Letters of Administration is when you try to organise the deceased’s bank accounts or real estate.
You are not alone. We are here to help. We aim to empower you in an easy to understand, supportive and friendly way so that you can get a Grant of Letters of Administration faster and get on with administering and distributing the estate.
What are Letters of Administration?
A Grant of Letters of Administration is an official grant from the Court that authorises an administrator to deal with the estate of a person who has died without leaving a Will.
A Grant of Letters of Administration if is applied for when there is no Will or where there is no executor appointed in a Will, whereas a Grant of Probate is applied for when there is a Will.
The person who applies to be the administrator is usually the spouse or other next of kin who will be the the main beneficiary of the estate.
A person who dies without leaving a Will (or leaving a valid Will) is said to have died ‘intestate’. Intestacy laws in each State and Territory set out a strict formula for how, and to whom, an estate is to be distributed.
When Are Letters of Administration Required and Why?
Asset holders (such as financial institutions and retirement villages) usually require a Grant of Letters of Administration so that the administrator can deal with estate assets. For example:
- Bank accounts in the deceased’s name with more than a small amount.
- Real estate owned by the deceased solely in their own name, or as a tenant in common, or retirement village or aged care accommodation bonds.
Similar to how a Grant of Probate works for an executor of a Will, an administrator can show a Grant of Letters of Administration to asset holders to prove that they have authority to deal with assets of an intestate estate.
We can help Australia-wide with:
- Letters of Administration NSW
- Letters of Administration Victoria
- Letters of Administration QLD
- Letters of Administration WA
- Letters of Administration SA
- Letters of Administration TAS
- Letters of Administration ACT
- Letters of Administration NT
Contact us to discuss your situation today 1300529827 or [email protected].
What are the Duties of an Administrator of an Estate?
Key duties of an administrator of an estate include:
- Obtaining a Grant of Letters of Administration and attending to legal formalities.
- Identifying, collecting and protecting assets.
- Identifying liabilities (e.g. debts).
- Administering the estate.
- Distributing the estate in accordance with intestacy laws.
Can I Get Help?
There are many processes and forms that a person applying for Letters of Administration must complete, often without having previous knowledge about intestacy laws. You are allowed to get legal help to apply for Letters of Administration and any issues that arise during the administration of the estate.
Letters of Administration Assist
If you need assistance with applying for a Grant of Letters of Administration, we offer a an fixed-price Letters of Administration Assist service where we review your supporting information and prepare all of the application forms.
Its easy, affordable and helps you save time and money.
Get Help After Obtaining Letters of Administration
If you would like assistance to administer the estate after you receive a Grant of Letters of Administration, then we can connect you with a deceased estates lawyer who can help you.
Call us on 1300529827 or email [email protected] to discuss your situation.