Supreme Court of Tasmania

Supreme Court of Tasmania - Probate & Administration

Probate

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.

Probate Registry

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 Probate Registry for contact details for the Probate Supervisor or email Probate Supervisor.

Information Kits for Applicants in Person

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 Information Kits 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

Searching the Probate Registry

The Probate Registry maintains a record of all Grants of Administration issued by the Court. For information regarding a current application please go to the Current Applications page.

For finalised records from 1995 onwards, a search request should be made to the Supreme Court Probate Registry. For information on how to lodge a search request with the Probate Registry please go to the Searches page.

For finalised records from 1825 to 1995 please enquire with the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office, located at 91 Murray Street Hobart.  Research enquiries: (03) 6165 5538.