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Dec 6

Understanding Probate in NSW: A Comprehensive Guide

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Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult moments in life to deal with, and the responsibility of managing the estate can add to the stress. In New South Wales (NSW), probate is a critical legal process in the administration of a deceased person’s estate. Parkview Funerals offers insight into what probate means in NSW, assisting families through this essential legal procedure.

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process where a will is ‘proved’ in a court and accepted as a valid public document that is the true last testament of the deceased. It involves the official appointment of the executor named in the will, granting them the authority to manage and distribute the deceased’s estate according to the will’s terms.

The Importance of Probate in NSW

  1. Legal Authority for Executors: Probate provides legal authority to the executor to manage the deceased’s estate. This includes dealing with the deceased’s assets, paying off any debts, and distributing the estate to the beneficiaries as outlined in the will.
  2. Ensuring Legitimacy of the Will: The probate process verifies the will as the legitimate last testament, ensuring that the deceased’s wishes are honoured accurately and lawfully.
  3. Asset Distribution: It ensures that the deceased’s assets are distributed correctly to the beneficiaries, as stated in the will.

The Probate Process in NSW

  1. Application for Probate: The executor named in the will must apply for probate in the Supreme Court of NSW. This application includes submitting the original will, a death certificate, and an inventory of the deceased’s assets and liabilities.
  2. Public Notice: Before applying for probate, the executor must publish a notice of their intention to apply for probate. This allows anyone with a claim against the estate to come forward.
  3. Court Assessment: The court assesses the probate application, and if all is in order, it issues a Grant of Probate. This document authorises the executor to manage and distribute the estate.
  4. Estate Administration: With probate granted, the executor can proceed with administering the estate, including collecting assets, paying debts and taxes, and distributing the remainder to the beneficiaries.

Seeking Legal Assistance

Given the complexities of probate law, it is often advisable to seek legal assistance, especially for large or intricate estates. A solicitor specialising in probate law can help ensure that all legal requirements are met and facilitate a smoother probate process.


Probate is an essential legal step in managing a deceased person’s estate in NSW. Understanding this process can make managing your loved one’s estate more manageable. Parkview Funerals recognises the challenges families face during this time and offers guidance and support. For assistance with funeral arrangements, visit Parkview Funerals. Our compassionate team is here to support you through every step of this difficult journey.