What is Probate?
A Grant of Probate is an order from the Court that legally empowers the executor of a Will to call in the assets of an estate and distribute them according to the terms of a Will and law. In South Australia, Grants of Probate are issued by the Supreme Court Probate Registry.
A Grant of Probate will be necessary if a deceased person owned any real estate in their sole name, or if they had assets over a certain value. There are other circumstances in which a Grant of Probate may be necessary.
If someone dies without a Will, then the order that issues from the Court is called a Grant of Letters of Administration. An administrator is appointed to call in the assets of the estate and deal with them according to law, and will need to report to the Public Trustee as to the steps they have taken in this role.
The application to the Court for either a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration is governed by strict rules, and most executors will seek legal assistance with such an application. Germein Reed has a team of 4 Lawyers assisted by 2 very experienced estate clerks, who can help you with the administration of an estate, and application to the Court for a Grant of Probate, or a Grant of Letters of Administration.
How Much is the Probate Application Fee?
All Applications for Grants of Probate (or Letters of Administration) are charged by the Probate Registry within the Supreme Court according to the gross value of the deceased estate.
Gross value of deceased estate $200,000 or less - $797
Gross value of deceased estate more than $200,000 but less than or equal to $500,000 - $1594
Gross value of a deceased estate more than $500,000 but less than or equal to $1 million - $2125
Gross value of deceased estate more than $1 million - $3187
Probate Registry South Australia
1 Gouger Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000
Telephone 08 82040289