Supreme Court of Tasmania

Searching the Probate Registry

The Probate Registry maintains a record of all Grants issued by the Court.

For finalised records from:

  • 1825 to 1995 please enquire with the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office, located at 91 Murray Street Hobart, on (03) 6165 5538
  • 1995 onwards, a search request should be made to the Supreme Court Probate Registry

Search Requests

Search requests to the Probate Registry should be made using the a Search Request Form.

  • Searching for Will - If requesting a copy of a Will consider Section 63 of the Wills Act 2008 which sets out who is entitled to a copy of a Will of a deceased person.  Have you requested a copy of the Will from the person who has possession or control of it?  If you are not a person entitled to a copy of the Will under section 63 of the Wills Act 2008 you may still be entitled to a copy under Rule 13 of the Probate Rules 2017.

A search fee is payable upfront regardless of whether or not documents from the file are provided to you. Payment options include cash, cheque or EFTPOS.

Please note that it may take up to ten business days, from the date the Registry receives your request, for the Registry to respond to your request.

Obtaining an Exemplification or Certified Copy

Exemplification and certified copy requests should be made using the Exemplification and Certified Copy Request Form (pdf, 141.9 KB).

A fee is payable.  Payment options include cash, cheque or EFTPOS.

Enquiring about a current application

The Probate Registry deals with thousands of applications for Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration each year. Before contacting the Probate Registry regarding the progress of a current application please read the guidelines below to find out what information you may be entitled to.

If you believe you are entitled to information regarding a current application you can email an enquiry to the Probate Registry or telephone the Registry on 1300 664608.

Beneficiary

The Registry can provide a beneficiary with:

  • confirmation that an application has been received;
  • the name of the applicant and/or lawyer acting;
  • a general estimate of the average time it takes an application to process, noting that this time frame is subject to the complexity of the application and any issues which warrant the Registry making further enquiries with the applicant;
  • confirmation that a Grant has issued;
  • search request forms (for more information please go to the Searches page)

If a beneficiary would like to know why a Grant is necessary they should refer to the Probate and Administration page of our website. If a beneficiary would like to know why there is a delay in a Grant issuing they should discuss this directly with:

  • the applicant;
  • the applicant’s lawyer, or if need be;
  • the Law Society or Legal Profession Board.

Applicant /Applicant's lawyer

The Registry can provide Applicants (or their lawyer – as recorded on file) with as much information as is required to answer their question, for example all the information that can be provided to a beneficiary, plus:

  • the date the application was received;
  • details pertaining to a requisition etc.;
  • provide a general estimate of when a Grant may issue;
  • when/if the filing fee was paid.

Lawyer (not representing the Applicant)

The Registry can provide a lawyer (not representing the applicant) with the information they would typically provide to a beneficiary.