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Probate notices

Probate is the process of managing the estate and assets of a deceased person. More formally, probate is an order by a court that an executor named in the deceased person's will is entitled to administer the estate. You must publish a public notice online stating your intention to apply to administer an estate, 14 days before you file the application.

How do I publish a probate notice?

Notices which show intention to start probate proceedings

Log in and then click on the Publish probate notice button for the following notices:

  • Notice of Intended Application for Probate - this is used when there is a will and one, or all, of the executors are applying. Watch a video about how to publish this notice.
  • Notice of Intended Application for Administration with the Will Annexed - this is used when there is a will, but none of the executors are applying. Watch a video about how to publish this notice.
  • Notice of Intended Application for Administration - this is used when there is no will. Watch a video about how to publish this notice.
  • Notice of Intended Application for Reseal - this is used when a grant has been made in another jurisdiction that need to be resealed (re-authorised) in NSW. The original jurisdiction could be another state or territory of Australia, or an overseas jurisdiction in which the Queen is the Head of State. Watch a video about how to publish this notice.

Publish probate notice

If you don't already have an Online Registry account, you will need to register. Read more about registering.

Notices for existing probate proceedings

The following notices must be published online:

Log in, and then click 'Case list' on the navigation menu. Search for the case that was created when the Notice of Intended Application for probate, administration or reseal was published online. 

Once you have found the case, click on the orange 'File a form' icon and select the 'Summons for Probate' proceedings.

A list of forms will display. Click on the link to 'Notice of Intended Distribution of an Estate' or 'Notice of Filing of Accounts'.

If you cannot find the case, read more about searching the case list.

Notices of Intended Distribution for probate cases that were started before 2013

Notices of Intended Distribution cannot be published online if the probate case was started before 2013. In other words, if the original Notice of Intended Application was not published online, then the Notice of Intended Distribution cannot be published online.

If you need to publish a Notice of Intended Distribution in a case that commenced before the year 2013, you will need to complete a Word form - Application to Publish Online Notice of Intended Distribution of an Estate - and return it to the Supreme Court as described on the form.

Registry staff will then publish the notice on your behalf. 

More information

For information about publishing probate notices online, see FAQs about publishing probate notices.

For more information about what probate is, and about the probate process, see the Supreme Court of NSW website.