From 1 August 2023, uncontested probate and administration applications in NSW will be moving online. The key changes to be implemented are as follows:-
- A notice of an intended application for a grant of probate or administration will be automatically generated when an applicant files an online application.
- The system will generate all documents which form part of the probate/administration application (i.e. summons, affidavit of executor/administrator, inventory of property, and grant) based on the answers provided in the application.
- The applicant will need to download the generated documents, sign and file them using the online system. Affidavit evidence can also be filed through the online system.
- Once the Registrar is satisfied that a grant of probate or administration should be issued, copies of the grant will be immediately available for download from the online system.
- Copies of testamentary documents (i.e. wills and codicils) must be scanned and uploaded into the online system. However, the original documents must be filed with the Court by post or in person through the Supreme Court Registry.
This welcome change hopes to enable applicants to navigate the probate procedures seamlessly and ensure that uncontested probate and administration applications are processed quickly and accurately. It is anticipated that this will be achieved as applicants will be able to easily provide the evidence required for a grant of probate or administration online.
Our Wills & Estates team is certainly looking forward to seeing how this change can contribute to the efficient administration of uncontested estates moving forward.
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