We have experience handling thousands of Probate applications and have streamlined the process for all estates, from the simplest to the most complex cases.
The Supreme Court of Queensland takes about 1 month to process probate applications. This will depend on the Court’s current workloads, and of course how complex the application is.
14 days must lapse from the date of lodgement of the notice of intended application to apply for probate in the Queensland Law Reporter before the application can be signed and submitted to the Supreme Court of QLD for processing.
Whilst there isn’t a strict deadline, an executor has a fiduciary duty to the estate to administer it in a swift and efficient manner.
Given the potential delays associated with probate application processing, we recommend that executors apply for probate as soon as practically possible. This is especially due to the “executor’s year” rule. This principle notes that executors generally have 1 year to attend to the task of administering the estate, after which interest may be payable to beneficiaries.
Contact us here, or call us on (02) 9197 0988, to discuss an expedited application for probate in QLD.
Whilst there is no register of wills in Australia, copies of wills are most commonly found in the safe-keeping of the will-drafting solicitor.
Thorough searches should also be performed at the deceased person’s residence, and in their personal papers. Accountants and banks should also be contacted if you cannot find a copy of a will.
If you cannot find any wills for the deceased, be rest assured that the Supreme Court of Queensland can still issue Grants of Letters of Administration. Contact us here to discuss these grants further.
You can contact us to discuss “Letters of Administration”.
This is the name of another QLD probate grant which is issued when no will was left. The appointed administrator will obtain similar powers to executors named in wills once Letters of Administration is obtained.
Read about Letters of Administration or write us a message here.
If you apply for “Executor’s Commission” it is possible to get an order that the estate is to reimburse you for your reasonable pains and troubles. Contact us here to discuss this application further.