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After death the person/s named by the deceased in their will, their executors and trustees attend to administering the deceased’s estate according to the what the will states.

They obtain a grant of probate from the Court which authorises them to deal with the deceased estate. In some small estates a grant may not be necessary.

If no will was left then an intestacy results. In an intestacy application is made to the Court to appoint someone. They then administer the estate according to the hierarchy of rules set out in the legislation.

Meaning of words in a will

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What was a gift of farmland intended to include?

Signing the wrong will

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When spouses sign each others’ wills by mistake.Does it mean intestacy?

Rectifying mistakes in wills

Scales of Justice, Brisbane, Supreme Court of Queensland.

Power of the court to rectify wills in some circumstances.

Lost wills

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When an original will cannot be found. Can a copy be used?

What is probate?

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Proving the will and obtaining authority to deal with the estate .

Probate litigation costs

deceased estate administration costs,

When things end up in court – who pays?

Distribution per stirpes & per capita

deceased estate distribution infogram

Leaving property to your descendants when there is more than one.

Personal possessions

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Leaving your personal possessions to someone in your will.

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