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Letter of Administration


A Letter of Administration, expertly facilitated by Walker Pender, is your key to managing an estate without a valid will.

The challenge of accessing a loved one’s assets after their untimely passing without a will underscores the crucial significance of Letters of Administration. These letters, issued by the Supreme Court, hold the pivotal role of granting the necessary authority to manage the deceased person’s assets when there is no appointed executor.

The Letter of Administration specifically designates an ‘Administrator’ who assumes responsibilities typically carried out by an executor. In situations involving substantial assets or real estate, obtaining Letters of Administration transcends mere paperwork; it becomes vital in preserving the financial legacy of the deceased.

Although the process may appear daunting, having the right knowledge and seeking professional assistance can significantly ease the approach to handling these affairs.

At Walker Pender, we pride ourselves on being a dedicated team committed to easing the intricacies of estate administration. We understand the profound significance of every case and ensure every client receives personalised guidance tailored to their unique situation. We are here to guide, advise, and stand by your side, whether it’s a straightforward procedure or a challenging dispute.

How to Apply for Letters of Administration

Applying for Letters of Administration in Australia is a legal process undertaken when a person dies intestate (without a will). The process can vary slightly between states and territories, but generally, it involves the following steps:

Determine Eligibility

Only certain people are eligible to apply for Letters of Administration, typically close relatives of the deceased.

Identify Assets and Liabilities

Before applying, you'll need to identify and list the deceased's assets and liabilities.

Obtain a Death Certificate

You will need an official death certificate to accompany your application.

Complete the Necessary Forms

Each state or territory has specific forms that need to be filled out. These forms can usually be found on the website of the Supreme Court of the state or territory where the deceased lived.

Lodge the Application

Submit your completed forms, along with the death certificate and any other required documents, to the Supreme Court.

Wait for the Grant of Letters of Administration

Once the court reviews your application and if everything is in order, they will issue the Letters of Administration.

Administer the Estate

After receiving the Letters of Administration, you are responsible for distributing the deceased's assets according to the laws of intestacy.

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Letter of Administration: How We Can Assist

Initiating the process requires meticulous documentation. Our team not only assists in collating the necessary paperwork but also ensures that every detail aligns with the Supreme Court’s requirements.

Our team manages the advertising phase, communicating the intent to apply for the Letter of Administration to all relevant parties.

Our experts delve deep into identifying, cataloguing, and evaluating each aspect. This thorough assessment clarifies the estate’s value, ensuring no asset or liability is overlooked.

Sometimes, a will may exist, but the named executor is unavailable. In such cases, our responsibility is to ensure that the distribution of the assets adheres to the deceased’s wishes. We coordinate with all parties, providing a smooth and legally compliant distribution process.

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Letters of Administration is a legal document the Supreme Court grants that authorises an appointed Administrator to manage and distribute assets when someone dies without a valid will or when the named executor is unavailable.

You will need Letters of Administration if a loved one dies without leaving a valid will or if the executor named in the choice is either unavailable or unwilling to act. It provides the legal authority to manage and distribute the deceased’s assets.

Probate is granted when there’s a valid will, allowing the executor named in that will to administer the estate. Letters of Administration is required when there’s no will, or the named executor cannot act, appointing an Administrator to manage the estate.

Obtaining Letters of Administration can typically take 6 to 12 weeks, but this can vary depending on the estate’s circumstances and potential complications.

Yes, the appointment of an Administrator can be contested if there are concerns about the person’s suitability or disputes over the priority of the appointment. In such cases, the court will decide on the most appropriate Administrator.

Discover Peace of Mind with a Letter of Administration

Our experienced team at Walker Pender will guide you through the process, ensuring a smooth and efficient resolution. Secure your peace of mind today.

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