Probate Lawyers
Central Coast

Our team understands how hard it is dealing with a deceased estate. When you have just lost someone very close to you, the last thing you need is having to sort through mountains of paperwork and legal jargon. At Ryan & Seton Lawyers, we’re by your side, and you’ll never feel like you’re going it alone. Our specialist team understands, explains, supports and guides you every step of the way.

The Probate Process

The process of applying for probate can be stressful and lead to legal issues if proper care and due diligence are not taken. With Ryan & Seton probate lawyers, we take care of all the legal concerns, so you can focus on what really matters.

Our team will assist you in applying for Probate, and support you through the entire process. Our Probate solicitors are also experienced in defending or disputing a Will, so if the need arises we’ll be on hand to assist to make sure your best interests are met.

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Probate And Deceased Estate Management

If you are named in someone’s Will as an executor, you may have to apply for probate. This is a legal document giving you the authority to share out the estate of the person who has died according to the instructions in the Will. Probate makes sure a deceased person’s debts are paid and assets are allocated to the correct beneficiaries.

If a deceased person does not have a Will, validation of their estate and benefactors is not done with a Grant of Probate, but with a similar document known as Letters of Administration.

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Why Choose Ryan & Seton Law

Progressive Advice

Our experienced lawyers know how the legal system works for you and we stay informed and skilled on the latest developments in the industry. This means better outcomes for you.

Personal Approach

Our compassionate and professional team gets to know you and your situation - we support and guide you through the challenging time of dealing with a deceased estate.

Proven Results

98% of our cases are settled outside of Court, meaning you can achieve success as quickly and efficiently as possible, without the added time, stress and expense of going to Court.

Probate & Deceased Estates FAQs

When the deceased party has no recorded Will, this is referred to as “Intestate”. 

Intestacy laws are different for each state, but in NSW how a deceased estate is distributed depends on what family members the deceased has left.

Children, spouses, siblings, and parents can all influence how the estate is divided.

The law in this area is complex. It is recommended that you speak to a deceased estate solicitor

The Will fails and cannot be admitted to probate. In that event, the next appropriate persons can apply for Letters of Administration with the Will annexed.

There is usually some complexity with that application, both in the form of the application as well as who or whom should apply to be administrator/s of the estate.

Under rule 78.16 of the Supreme Court Rules 1970 (NSW), if an executor has not filed for a grant of probate within six months from the date of death then the executor must file an affidavit explaining the delay.

Executors are required to wait at least two weeks before submitting the application for Letters of Administration.

Once the application is submitted, it will typically takes two to six weeks before the Grant is issued.

No, the POA can only apply for Probate if they have also been named as an Executor. 

If they are not named as an Executor, the POA does not have any power in obtaining probate or estate administration.

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The team at Ryan & Seton Lawyers are exceptional they are the ones you want when you need guidance in all your law matters. Michael is exceptionally professional and knowledgeable but is respectful and personable at all times. Michael was recommended to me by a colleague and friend to assist in my family law matter and I couldn’t be more thankful to him and his team. At one of the most difficult times in my life when I didn’t know where to start as my previous consults with a lawyer had left me more confused. From the first phone call and every correspondence after with himself or his wonderful assistant Tayla I felt informed and clear regarding my case and always took the time to ensure the process was as easy as possible. I am forever grateful to Michael for his hard work and is definitely someone who you would want in your corner.
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