Five stages of letters of administration

Posted on July 14th, 2017

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A grant of letters of administration is a formal order from the Supreme Court which provides authority to the administrator(s) to carry out administration of a deceased estate in accordance with the rules of intestacy. The person appointed as administrator is usually one or more of the primary beneficiaries of the estate. Generally speaking, an application for letters of administration is dealt with by paperwork only and does not require court appearances, however it is not necessarily a simple process.

Usually, an application for letters of administration and the associated administration of an estate involves five steps. These are as follows:- 

 

Step One

Making initial enquiries in relation to the assets and liabilities of the estate, making enquiries in relation to the possible existence of a will and publishing a notice of intended application.

Step Two

Preparing and executing the application for letters and supporting evidence, including any necessary consents from third parties, and filing the documents with the Supreme Court.

Step Three

Receiving the grant of letters of administration, preparing and executing the documents required to realise assets and commencing administration of the estate.

Step Four

Realising the assets of the estate and attending to payment of liabilities of the estate.

Step Five

Distributing to the beneficiaries in accordance with the will.

 

Where an estate is contested the process becomes more complex and will involve many more steps.

 

Lana Black, Solicitor at Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors, NewcastleLana Black is a Solicitor at Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors and practices extensively in estate planning and administration. If you require any assistance in this area please contact Lana Black to arrange a consultation or contact our Newcastle office.

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