What is Probate?

Probate is a document issued by the Supreme Court of Queensland that confirms that a deceased’s will is the last legally valid will, and that the executor named in this will have the authority to deal with the estate of the deceased person.

Why Do You Need To Obtain Probate?

If a deceased person has assets that are being held by an entity on their behalf (i.e money in a bank account), this entity will often not release these assets unless they are provided with Probate.

When is Probate Required in QLD?

There is no hard and fast rule as to when Probate is required.

Each entity that holds assets on behalf of a deceased person will have their own processes and procedures regarding this.

If you are unsure whether you will need a grant of Probate, you should contact any entities that hold any assets on behalf of the deceased person, before you start the application process.