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Estate Administration and Probate involve essential legal procedures to manage a deceased person’s estate. These processes grant the executor or administrator the legal authority to handle the estate according to the deceased’s wishes or the laws of intestacy. Complying with legal obligations is crucial during this time.

In Queensland, estate administration and probate matters fall under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. Disputes over Will validity, asset distribution, or other issues may involve court intervention. To protect your legal rights and ensure an efficient process, it’s essential to seek advice from an experienced law firm specialising in Estate Administration and Probate matters.

The Estate Administration & Probate Process:

One

Identify and Value Assets

The executor or administrator must identify and assess all assets and liabilities, including property, investments, bank accounts, debts and personal belongings

Two

Apply for Probate or Letters of Administration

If a valid Will exists, the named executor must apply for Probate in the Supreme Court. If no Will exists, an eligible family member may apply for Letters of Administration

Three

Notify creditors and settle debts

The executor or administrator informs known creditors of the death and pays off outstanding debts from estate assets.

Four

Distribute the Estate

After settling debts, the remaining assets are distributed to beneficiaries named in the Will or according to intestacy laws. Compliance with the deceased's wishes or laws of intestacy is ensured, along with meeting tax and other legal requirements.

Five

Finalise the Estate

Arcuri Turnbull Law’s Residential Conveyancers will review the terms of the contract and make any necessary amendments or additions to protect your interests.

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Throughout the process, strict compliance with legal requirements is essential. This includes tax filings, payment and maintaining accurate records of all transactions and communications.

For expert advice in Estate Administration and Probate matters, we recommend contacting Arcuri Turnbull Law. Our experienced team ensures an effective and efficient process, meeting all legal requirements and obligations.

Why choose us?

At Arcuri Turnbull Law, your individual and business legal needs are our top priority, both in the present and throughout your lifetime. We collaborate, partnering with you to ensure your rights and that of your loved ones are protected.

Trusted Advisers

Our team of professional advisers understands your needs, offering valuable insights. With decades of experience as estate administration lawyers on the Gold Coast, we seek the best legal solutions for everyone involved.

Our Values

 At Arcuri Turnbull Law, we are driven by fairness, kindness and knowledge. We seek the right solutions to the heart of your matter. Our dedicated professionals are passionate about providing compassionate and courteous service with a client-centric focus.

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What truly stands out is the staff’s unwavering helpfulness and consideration. They take the time to understand our specific needs and tailor their services accordingly, providing a personalised experience that makes us feel valued and supported.

Nassim S.
Gold coast

Great legal work on our settlement. Plenty of communication and dealt with very professionally. Would use again for sure!

Andrew P.
Gold coast

Very efficient and knowledgeable and communicated with us regularly to achieve the best possible outcome.

Nick R.

Arcuri have dealt with all matters we have engaged them to handle, some quite complex. Excellent conveyancing services and outstanding legal advice from Lionel and Mick. Thorough, friendly and accessible throughout all processes.

Suzi C.

Arcuri Turnbull law have help my family and I with both conveyancing issues and Estate matters for a number of years.
They have always made the process, no matter what the issue, as stress free and as positive as possible. Glenda and Lionel are a fantastic team.

Helen J.

We had a great experience with Arcuri Turnbull Law who took care of the conveyancing in the purchase of our new home. This was our first home on the Gold Coast, and our first in Queensland for 13 years, and they made the process easy for us. Always friendly and helpful and very efficient.

Penelope G.

For approximately the past 10 years, I have chosen Arcuri Turnbull Law for all of my Legal matters, including the conveyancing and settlement of numerous property sales and purchases, and the formation of my Will.
I have always found them to be extremely helpful, knowledgeable, professional and approachable.
Their personalised service is outstanding, and I never feel like “just a number!”
I always feel assured that they are doing their utmost to assist me from a legal perspective, whilst at the same time offering me reassurance and instilling confidence.
Aimee is a pleasure to deal with, and her incredible knowledge base and interpersonal skills are an asset to Arcuri Turbull Law.
Lionel has also been extraordinary, and in more difficult situations has offered his expert legal advice and intervened where necessary to achieve the desired and best outcome.
From the moment I make contact with Arcuri Turbull Law, to the finalisation of the Legal Matter involved, I am always very satisfied with their high level of integrity, professionalism and the delivery and provision of exceptional legal advice and services.
I highly recommend Arcuri Turbull Law for all Legal matters.

Joanne P.

I can’t recommend Aimee and the team at Arcuri Law enough! Using Aimee to help with the sale of my first property has been a real pleasure, putting up with all my phone calls, nothing has ever been too much. Really appreciated their help and can’t recommend them highly enough! Will definitely be using them again!

Andrew B.

Glenda at Acuri Turnbull is fabulous, she set up my will efficiently, it was a pleasure talking to her, I highly recommend her services.

Michelle P.

Estate Administration FAQs

In Queensland, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the Succession Act Qld 1981. It will be necessary for your next of kin to apply for Letters of Administration of your Estate. This process is similar to obtaining Probate.

In Queensland, your estate will first go to your next of kin, which is your spouse or de facto partner, and issue (children, grandchildren).

An administrator of an estate is responsible for managing and settling the estate of a deceased person who did not leave a valid will (intestate). The administrator’s duties include collecting and valuing all the assets of the estate, paying debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining assets to the entitled beneficiaries according to the laws of intestacy. This role requires a high degree of trust and diligence to ensure that all legal, financial, and tax obligations are met throughout the process.

An administrator is typically appointed by the Supreme Court and is often a close relative of the deceased. If no family members are willing or able to act as the administrator, the court may appoint a trusted person such as a close friend or a professional like a solicitor. The court seeks to appoint someone who is capable of managing the estate efficiently and impartially.

Yes, an administrator of an estate can be removed under certain circumstances. This can happen if the administrator fails to perform their duties competently, acts against the interests of the beneficiaries, or breaches their fiduciary duties. Beneficiaries or other interested parties can apply to the Supreme Court for the removal of an administrator, providing evidence of the administrator’s misconduct or incapacity to manage the estate effectively. The court then decides whether removal is justified and, if so, may appoint a new administrator to take over the responsibilities.

In Queensland, there is no fixed timeline for settling an estate as the duration can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the estate. However, there is a general expectation that estates should be settled within 12 months of the deceased’s death, known as the ‘executor’s year.’ This timeframe allows the administrator sufficient time to collect and value all assets, settle debts, and distribute the remaining assets. Complex estates, such as those involving disputes, multiple properties, or assets in different jurisdictions, may take longer to settle. Administrators are expected to proceed without unreasonable delay, and beneficiaries can seek court intervention if they believe the administration is being handled inefficiently or improperly.

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