Posted on May 2nd, 2012


An executor will begin the process of finalising the Deceased Estate after a death certificate issues from the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages. The death certificate will usually issue to the Funeral Director engaged by the family or friends and it will often issue approximately four to six weeks after death.

A legal process must be followed to finalise Deceased Estates. There are many legal issues to consider and the process can be lengthy and challenging. For example, should Probate be obtained in the circumstances. There can be serious and detrimental consequences to both the Executor and Beneficiaries in not undertaking this process in certain circumstances, but it is equally true that this process is not always necessary. Each situation is different and demands a different process.

GM Lawyers is able to manage this process and provide comprehensive advice on the issues that need to be considered and the steps that need to be undertaken, in order to adequately finalise the deceased’s affairs.

The above list is not an exhaustive one. There are a multitude of other issues that need to be addressed during the course of this process.