Probate is the process of proving and registering the last Will of a deceased person in the Supreme Court. In cases of a death of a person, someone has to deal with their estate. If someone is appointed as an Executor in a will, then it is a must that they obtain a grant of probate. A grant of probate is obtained from the Supreme Court of Victoria and is a legal authority which proves a will to be valid and enables the person named as executor to administer the estate and distribute the estates assets to those beneficiaries named in the will.
Probates usually contain:
- A complete list of the deceased’s assets and liabilities; and
- An affidavit of the executor / administrator which contains evidence of their lawful distribution of the estate.
It may also contain:
- A will (original or copy) of the deceased;
- Affidavits of attesting witnesses; and
- Supporting documents providing proof of death and accounts relating to the estate of the deceased.
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