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If you’re in need of highly experienced probate lawyers, you can count on Melbourne’s Pearsons Lawyers to provide exceptional guidance and support.

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With over 100 years of experience, you can rely on us to provide high-quality legal advice.

Probate, Estate & Wills Specialists

We understand the nuances of probate law and can help you with every step of the journey.

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A compassionate and professional approach to Probate law, as it can be an emotional time.

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Navigate the Complexities with a Highly Experienced Probate Lawyer in Melbourne

Probate law can be incredibly challenging. It’s often an emotional time and trying to understand the nuances of the Administration and Probate Act alone can be frustrating and time-consuming.

If legal proceedings or estate disputes are a factor, or if beneficiaries are unhappy with the administration of a Will, things can get very complicated, and you may stand to lose a lot. Having the right firm on your side can make a world of difference.

“The thing about having over 35 years of experience in Family Law is that you do not panic. In a crisis, you stay calm and remain courageous so that you do not lose focus on what is important, namely the clients’ needs.” – Leanne Abela (Principal Director)

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Work with Expert Lawyers for Wills and Probate Matters

With 100 years of experience in law, Pearsons Lawyers can guide you through the challenges of probate law, giving you expert advice on every aspect of Will administration, deceased estates and disputed wills. Whether you are an executor or beneficiary, administering, disputing or defending a Will, we use our extensive knowledge to ensure that your best interests are represented each step of the way.

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We provide the following Probate Legal Services:

Will Administration

We understand that acting as an Executor can be daunting, and we can provide support and proper advice.

Will Disputes

Contesting or defending a Will is never an easy process. Time limits apply; speak to us today.

Grant of Probate Applications

If a Grant of Probate is required, Pearsons’ can assist you with a Supreme Court application.

Letters of Administration

If the deceased has not left a Will, we can assist you with applying for letters of administration.

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Over the years, we have worked with many families and individuals to assist with probate law and all matters relating to Will Administration and Will Disputes.

Our Wills, Probate and Estate lawyers will work with you, supporting you through what is likely a highly emotional experience while ensuring that you have expert advice and understand all legal requirements.

If you need assistance understanding a legal document related to Probate law, are facing court proceedings, or just need some advice, talk to us today.

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Client Reviews & Testimonials

Professional. Helpful and very easy to deal with.
Luisa Modesti
Luisa M.
21:26 15 Feb 24
I was recommended to go to Pearsons Lawyers and speak to Leanne Abela about my family law matter. I was told that Leanne and her team will win your case! From my initial meeting to my very last court hearing Pearson’s Lawyers have provided exceptional professionalism and the highest level of compassion during one of the most challenging times in my life. Louis Horsley was appointed my solicitor and his expertise, knowledge and genuine care for me and my two young boys was unbelievable. We had a complex legal case and nothing thrown his way was left defeated. Louis is extremely committed he ensured I got the best outcome and kept me grounded and focused through the whole process. To come away with the win was an unbelievable feeling and to be able to trust a team of people who were fighting my battle with me, was truly remarkable! Thank you Louis, Kenny, Karen, Christine, and Leanne! You are amazing people to do the work you do and deal with the stress of your clients with such respect and grace! I am forever grateful! Louis you are an absolute legend and I wish you all the success in your career, you are amazing!
Dahnielle Fox
Dahnielle F.
12:16 06 Feb 24
I dealt with a difficult case where goal posts changed and an inconsistent and nasty approach from the other side dragged proceedings on for a long time. Kenny with great support from Joe lead me through the details and assured me of the process. Amanda was great closing out with a completely unexpected win for my children and I.The team at Glenroy as a whole is warm, welcoming, supportive and professional, I wasn't mislead in any way and prepped well for whatever situation we were facing, I applaud the team as they really do go along the journey with you.I hope anyone reading this doesn't face the same as I did but if you're looking for a good all round professional and experienced team, look no further than Pearson's Glenroy. Stay patient and listen to their advise.Thanks to Kenny, Joe, Amanda, Loriene, Jayne, Christine, Sam, Andrew, Venus and anyone else remotely associated with my case, life changing and appreciated.Regards,Nick E
Nicholas Eilers
Nicholas E.
00:04 07 Sep 23
Venus PhamI uldlike to express my most sincere thanks for the most professional representation. You have stuck by me through thos months in dealing with this very stressful case. I admire your composure, work ethic and most of all excellent representation, and I know that you will be on my side until the very end. And thanks Leanne for her unforgettable support.❤️
Edivania De Oliveira
Edivania De O.
23:50 26 Jul 23
I met with Jacqui Spry. She was the most down to earth and up front person I’ve ever come across. She never gave up on me. Jacqui always let me know what was happening and what could happen along the way. She kept the fees down as much as she could under the circumstances. It was the most traumatic time I’ve ever had in my whole life (a horrible domestic violence situation), although she helped me keep it together. She helped me to do what I thought was the undoable. Jacqui was fantastic and I’m so glad I had her to represent me. 😊
Leanne Beattie
Leanne B.
06:39 27 Jun 23
Thank you to Leanne and Louis and the team at Pearsons (Glenroy). The Pearsons team secured a great result for me and I am very grateful for their assistance and professionalism throughout our engagement. Thanks again
Iman G
Iman G
11:31 26 Apr 23
Very informative
Dobbie Porter
Dobbie P.
11:25 18 Apr 23
Exceptional service, guidance and professionalism. Highly recommended
meagan evans
meagan E.
05:37 06 Feb 23
Leanne, Anne and Deborah have been remarkable! These professional women are transparent, honest, hardworking and most importantly they remain child focused at all times without a doubt. They have gone well above and beyond expectations and they are respectful, understanding and empathetic. They were recommended to me by a highly regarded criminal Lawyer as being extremely well respected Lawyers within the Family Court system - this is accurate on every level as they have conducted themselves with professionalism. Anne, Deborah and Leanne are extremely knowledgable, most certainly ethical and absolutely fearless!I have experienced first hand that practising Family Law is not simply just a job for Anne, Deborah and Leanne, but rather a passion for enhancing family peace and security.
Sarah Halloran
Sarah H.
05:46 11 Nov 22
Joe your a gun, i cant thank you enough for your assistance. Considering the last min notice you and your team came through for me, i can only imagine what you could of accomplished on a much larger time frame. Straight to the point no bs i only wish I knew about you sooner. Family law specialist see Joe at Pearsons you wont be disappointed. I look forward to working with you in the future and once again i can't express my gratitude enough , better to have him on side than against thats for sure.🙏🙏 thank you, thank you! I'll definitely be recommending your firm and your services. 🙂
Elizabeth Zourkas
Elizabeth Z.
05:41 13 Oct 22
My Father recommended Pearsons Lawyers to me years ago Then recently another trusted referral. From Solicitors Leanne, Brenda, Vertiy, Karen at Reception. The team are fantastic. Understanding. Sincerely interested in protecting your welfare and have your best interests at heart. I feel safe with Pearsons Lawyers looking after me. Thankyou Pearsons Lawyers.
Birute Ohlmann
Birute O.
02:27 26 Sep 22
Cannot recommend Helen Le at pearsons lawyers enough! From the start til very end Helen was extremely helpful and put up with my constant calls annoying her with all the silly questions and worrying. Helen always listened to me and actually helped me come out with a lot better outcome then I expected. Once again can not recommend Helen enough!!
Aaron Tomkinson
Aaron T.
02:24 18 Jul 22
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What is a grant of probate?

A grant of probate is made by the Supreme Court to recognise a Will as legally valid. It also ensures that Estates Wills are authorised to be executed by the Executor.

They are not necessary in many cases but may be required by third parties such as superannuation funds or financial institutions. Working with a law firm can make the application process easier to navigate.

How long does it take for probate to be granted in Victoria?

For standard applications, which are made through the Supreme Court of Victoria, the legal process for granting probate can be as little as a few weeks, up to a few months for non-disputed applications.

The timeframe for probate in Victoria is influenced by factors such as estate complexity and the current workload of the court. Applications without the correct documentation may take longer.

Deceased estates dealing with disputed probate claims can take months or longer to resolve, as the Probate Registrar needs to have certainty about the application prior to granting permissions for administering estates.

What is the threshold for probate in Victoria?

In Victoria, the threshold for probate doesn’t have an exact figure, but generally, executing an estate with assets of over $50,000 will require probate.

This amount may be even lower, in some cases $20,000, if there are concerns of claims being made against the estate, issues with creditors if estate litigation is likely, or if the validity of the Will has been questioned.

It’s best to seek legal assistance if any of these factors are at play to ensure that probate is necessary and can be granted to administer an estate.

What happens if someone dies and doesn't leave a will?

There are times when someone may die unexpectedly, or pass away without a valid will in place. If no will at all exists, the partner and family members of the deceased are required to apply for Letters of Administration through the court, to be a beneficiary of the deceased estate.

While this is something you can organise without a probate lawyer, working with a law firm can ensure you understand the process thoroughly. If you need further advice, speak to Melbourne Will Administration & Will Dispute specialists, Pearsons Lawyers.

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How much does an executor of a will get paid in Victoria?

Not everyone gets paid for executing a will, and many people are happy to take on this role for a loved one who has passed. In many cases, a provision may already be made in the Will for a percentage of the estate or a thank-you gift for the executor’s efforts, as it can be emotional and time-consuming work.

Executors in Victoria are generally entitled to compensation for their role in estate administration of between 2% and 5%, which is subject to approval by the court. The amount will depend on the size and complexity of the estate. The estate can also approve reimbursements for expenses, and beneficiaries may even agree to make a payment directly to the executor.

What is a letter of administration?

When a person dies leaving no Will, Letters of Administration are generally sought by the closest living next of kin, such as the deceased’s spouse (or de facto), children, siblings or parents. There is a hierarchy of order regarding who can apply.

Without applying for Letters of Administration in court, a family member may not be able to access or manage the estate, even if there is jointly owned property. Speak to Pearson’s today for expert advice on moving forward and distributing estates if you find yourself in this situation.

How do I distribute estate assets?

Estates must be distributed as set out if the will, by the person nominated as the Executor, or the Executors, based on the wishes that the deceased left. If a death is sudden and there is no Will, potential beneficiaries will likely need to engage with a probate attorney to ensure property and assets are fairly distributed.

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