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What are Letters of Administration?
If your loved one passes away without a valid will and you believe you have a right to their estate, you may need to apply for Letters of Administration. Letters of Administration are a court order that allows you to manage someone’s estate. This means you’re responsible for settling their debts and dividing their assets. If someone dies with a will, the person responsible for managing their estate is called the executor.
Applying for Letters of Administration can be a difficult process that requires specific documentation to be completed and lodged with the court. Our lawyers can take you through the process and make sure that you have everything you need to make the application.
Difference between Probate and Letters of Administration
You may have heard of the term Probate. This is a legal process that you may need if your loved one died with a valid will. But if they passed away without a will in Victoria, then it’s legally called dying intestate. When someone dies intestate, you’ll need to apply for Letters of Administration to manage their estate.
Who can apply for Letters of Administration?
Generally, a person can apply for Letters of Administration if they believe they have a right over some or all of the assets of the deceased. This application is usually made by their partner, children or the person considered to be their next of kin.
If you’re granted Letters of Administration then you will be like the executor of the deceased’s estate, responsible for paying their debts and dividing their assets.
If you believe you have a right to your loved one’s estate or there is a dispute, MNG Lawyers can help you apply for Letters of Administration.