The Probate Office provides in-person services via pre-booked appointments at the Supreme Court Service Centre located at 450 Little Bourke Street. The Service Centre is open from 9:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
You can book an appointment online to have an affidavit in support of an application witnessed, or call the Probate Office on (03) 8600 2006 to book another type of appointment. The Probate Office is available to take phone enquiries from 9:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
When a person dies they often leave behind property, assets and debts that need to be managed and finalised. This is often referred to as a deceased person's 'estate'. Where a valid will exists the estate will usually be finalised by the executor named in the will. If there is no valid will then the deceased's closest next of kin will usually be responsible for finalising the estate, and may be appointed administrator of the estate.
The executor or administrator must make sure any debts are paid and that any remaining assets are distributed according to the deceased's wishes (where there is a will) or the laws of intestacy (where there is no will). You can find more information on our website about applying for probate or administration as well as the work of the Probate Office.
Grants of probate and letters of administration are collectively referred to as grants of representation. A grant of representation gives a person the legal right to administer the estate of a deceased person.
Probate is a legal document that certifies that a will is valid and can be acted upon. Letters of administration are issued where the deceased has left no valid will.
Visit our page about grants of probate and administration of deceased estates for more information, and to find out when probate or administration may be required.
The Supreme Court of Victoria has exclusive jurisdiction to make orders in relation to the:
- validity of wills
- appointment of an executor or administrator of a deceased estate, and
- administration of deceased estates.
The Probate Office deals with all applications for grants of probate and administration, and maintains a register of all grants issued by the Court and all wills deposited with the Court for safekeeping.
The Probate Office can give you general information about making an application for probate or administration, but we cannot advise you on how to administer an estate. For more information on your legal rights, responsibilities and options we encourage you to talk to a solicitor to obtain specific advice regarding your situation.
We can help you with general information on:
We also have a section of information for legal practitioners on probate matters including information about:
- Acts, Rules and Regulations
- Guidance on unusual applications
Contacting the Probate Office
If you have general enquiries about our practice and procedures we may be able to assist. However, the role of the Probate Office ends when a grant has issued, and we cannot advise you how to administer the estate. If you have questions about this we recommend you seek legal advice.
The Probate Office can also be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org@etaborp