Did you know that in South Australia a grant of probate or letters of administration is what provides an executor or an administrator with the power to administer a deceased estate?

As set out in the Administration and Probate Act 1919, the law on probate and estate administration in South Australia relates to the processes and legalities behind the administration of the estate of a deceased person.


A probate or letters of administration application is a technical and challenging task.


We can help you by:

  • Interpreting the Will of the deceased.

  • Advising executors and trustees on their duties and rights.

  • Informing government bodies including Centrelink and Veterans Affairs.

  • Applying for probate of the Will in the Supreme Court.

  • Dealing with intestacy (where there is no Will).

  • Applying for Letters of Administration (if the Will is deemed invalid or is absent)

  • Identifying estate assets and liabilities.

  • Obtaining valuations of estate property.

  • Collecting estate financial assets including superannuation, bank funds, shares, outstanding loans, and insurance payouts.

  • Paying estate debts including mortgages, funeral costs, and testamentary expenses.

  • Providing advice regarding family and testamentary trusts.

  • Distributing bequests and inheritances to beneficiaries.

  • Family mediation and negotiation.

  • Contesting Wills and defending estate litigation in the Supreme Court.


Contact us for more information or to arrange a consultation.

At CPC Lawyers we understand that dealing with a deceased estate is one of the more difficult challenges in life.


A grant of probate is issued by the Supreme Court of South Australia and it provides the right for the executor listed in the deceased’s Will to administer the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will.

CPC Lawyers will act for the executor or administrator to make the probate or letters of administration application and obtain all the information required for the application.

Not all estates will require a grant of probate or letters of administration and it is common to feel unsure about whether it is required after the death of your loved one. Our solicitors will examine your loved one’s estate and provide advice on whether a grant of probate or letters of administration is required.


Our solicitors will also assist executors and administrators in carrying out other tasks such as distributing assets to the entitled beneficiaries, holding assets in trust for any minors, paying out all debts of the deceased, paying out all funeral and legal expenses, selling any real or personal property (if required), and reporting to the public trustee (if the deceased died without a valid Will.)