At Estate First, our team of lawyers have the experience and depth of knowledge to provide expert letters of administration advice.

What are Letters of Administration?

Applying for Letters for Administration may be required when a person dies and does not have a valid Will (Letters of Administration without the Will), or their Will does not successfully appoint an executor (Letters of Administration with the Will). This application is made to the Supreme Court and is required in order to administer the assets of the deceased person’s estate and finalise their affairs.

The person who receives the Letters of Administration is called an ‘administrator’, rather than an executor in circumstances where the Will is valid. From the time that an administrator receives the Letters of Administration, they have all the same powers and obligations as an executor appointed in a valid Will.

Benefits of obtaining Letters of Administration

The circumstances of the estate can influence whether Letters of Administration are required and in what State these should be obtained. A number of institutions including banks and share registries will require Letters of Administration before they will release a deceased person’s assets.

It’s important not to delay the process of applying for Letters of Administration because an administrator only receives authority to administer the estate from the date they have been issued. That’s why it’s often best to bring in professionals to help you in the process – we assist in winding up estates every day so we know what we’re doing, whereas (hopefully) you will only be faced with this situation once. Acting as an administrator is a serious responsibility and it’s important to get it right and in a timely manner.

Efficient and cost effective applications

At Estate First Lawyers, our team has the experience and depth of knowledge to provide you with specialist Letters of Administration advice. Whether you are in Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria, we can help you obtain a Grant of Letters of Administration. Our 1.5 hours initial consultation to advise on obtaining Letters of Administration is charged as a fixed fee of $295 — and if you choose to proceed with our services, this consultation fee is absorbed into the overall price.

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Along with advice on obtaining Letters of Administration, our team can assist you with all your estate planning and estate administration concerns. To find out more about the services we offer, give us a call.

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