Probate – Estate Administration

Disability Law Queensland can assist with Probate and Estate Administration. We can help you understand if you need a grant of probate, as well as other tasks.

If someone has passed away you may need help to sort out their affairs after they have died. This is called Estate Administration.  The first steps are to notify the family, friends, bank etc of the death of that person.  Another immediate matter is to make sure the person has been buried or cremated.

After that, generally an application has to be made to the Supreme Court, however the type of application you make will depend on whether the person who died had a Will or not. 

If the deceased person had a Will then you may need to apply for a Grant of Probate. Sometimes a Grant of Letters of Administration with a Will is required.

If the deceased person did not have a Will then you may need to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration on Intestacy.

In some circumstances you may not need to apply to the Court at all. 

Unfortunately the next steps will depend on the circumstances.  At DLQ we can help you as much or as little as you need.  We can assist by:

  • giving you advice on what steps you need to take after someone has passed away;
  • make the application to the Supreme Court on your behalf; or
  • manage sorting out the affairs on your behalf.

If you need legal help please do not hesitate to contact us.  It is important to make sure you have support during difficult times.  If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please contact a support service such as:

  • Lifeline.  Lifeline provides access to 24 hour crisis support so no person has to face their darkest moments alone.  The crisis support line is 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue.  Beyond Blue provides resources to help you stay on track and support yourself.  Resources are available at and they can be contacted by telephone on 1300 22 4636