Demystifying Probate and Letters of Administration
There are many practical tasks that need to be undertaken after someone passes away, including making sure that the deceased’s assets are properly handled and distributed either in accordance with the deceased’s will or if the person did not have a valid will, the laws of intestacy.
The question is: who has the authority to handle the deceased’s assets? If the deceased had a will, that role would generally fall on the executor appointed under the will. Depending on the value, and type, of assets, the executor may then need to apply to the Supreme Court for a Grant of Probate.