The 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:
- what document or documents constitute the last Will of the deceased; and/or
- who is entitled to be the personal representative (Executor/Administrator) of the deceased.
When a person dies leaving assets in Tasmania, somebody (usually the personal representative of that person) has to deal with the person’s estate.
Generally this will involve:
- identifying, collecting and gathering in all the assets of the deceased;
- paying any outstanding debts and necessary expenditure such as funeral expenses; and
- distributing the estate to the persons entitled to it.
In order to perform these tasks a Grant may be required.
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;
- appointment of an Executor or an Administrator; and
- the administration of deceased estates.
- Administration and Probate Act 1935
- Intestacy Act 2010
- Testators Family Maintenance Act 1912
- Wills Act 2008
- Wills Act 1992 (This Act is still relevant as any marriage, divorce or change in relationship may have implications for a Will signed on or before 28 February 2009. Please check the Probate information kit for more information)