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Wills and estates (probate)

If you are named as executor in someone’s will, you have the responsibility of carrying out the terms of their will when they die.

This means that you have to look after their property (commonly known as their ‘estate’).

To carry out the terms of the will, you may have to apply for probate which is the court’s official recognition that:

  • the will is legally valid
  • you are authorised to deal with the estate.

The following legislation may assist you:

The following fact sheet may assist you:


Last reviewed
11 July 2014
Last updated
15 July 2014

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