The Supreme Court of Tasmania has exclusive jurisdiction in Tasmania to make orders in relation to the validity of a will of a deceased person, the appointment of an Executor or an Administrator, and the administration of deceased estates.
The Probate Registry deals with all applications for grants of Probate and Administration of deceased estates in Tasmania. It is responsible for determining, on application for a grant of representation, what document or documents constitute the last will of the deceased and/or who is entitled to be the personal representative of the deceased. See Hobart Registry for contact details for the Probate Supervisor or email Probate Supervisor.
For people who do not wish to engage a lawyer, the Supreme Court has prepared two INFORMATION KITS FOR APPLICANTS IN PERSON which can be used as guides on how to apply for a grant of probate or letters of administration. The Kits are available on the Procedure Page. There are also links to the appropriate forms (in word format) that the applicant will need to fill in.
When these determinations have been made a grant is issued to the estate of the deceased person. There are three types of grants: probate, letters of administration with the will annexed and letters of administration. The Probate Registry maintains a register of all Grants of Administration issued by the Court. See Hobart Registry for contact details for the Probate Supervisor or email
Requests for searches for records from 1995 onwards should be sent to the Supreme Court as the Probate Registry holds the records from 1995 onwards. Searches on these records may be requested by email, by telephone: (03) 6165 7434, or in person between the hours of 9.00 am and 4.30 pm at the Probate Registry, Supreme Court, Salamanca Place, Hobart.
For queries relating to records from 1825 to 1995 please check the Tasmanian Names Index on the Archives Office of Tasmanian website