In 1902 an executor was unable to find or identify a beneficiary of an estate. This case gave rise to the term “Benjamin Order”. In this case, the Court decreed that when an Executor is faced with uncertainty on who should be a beneficiary of an Estate, that Executor has the right to seek a declaration from the Court on who should benefit. Once this declaration is made the Executor is no longer liable if they distribute the Estate to who they believe are the correct beneficiaries, even if more entitled beneficiaries are subsequently discovered.Continue Reading
Probate Lawyer NSW
The process of applying for probate, obtaining a grant of probate, executing a will and administering an estate can be very challenging for most executors.
As An executor, you are responsible for the following:
- finding the will.
- arranging for disposal of the body.
- getting the death certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- ascertaining the deceased's assets and liabilities.
- assessing the value of the deceased's assets.
- applying for a grant of probate.
- paying the deceased's debts, income tax, duties and funeral expenses.
- distributing the assets according to the terms of the will.
There are specific legal requirements that need to be followed during the process so it is advisable at the very least to Get In Touch with a probate lawyer and obtain some initial advice about your situation. Your first consultation with one of our senior probate lawyers is free of charge.