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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 stating your intention to apply to administer an estate, 14 days before you file the application.

Publishing a probate notice

From July 1, 2013, you need to be logged in to publish a probate notice. If you don't already have an Online Registry account, you will need to register. Read more about registering.

Publish probate notice

  • The registration process should only take a few minutes, and will generate a user name and password
  • Once you have registered, log in and click on the Publish probate notice button above 
  • Fill in the form which generates the notice
  • Pay the publication fee by credit card.

Which notices must be published online?

The following notices must be published online:

  • Notice of Intended Application for Probate - this is used when there is a will and one, or all, of the executors are applying.
  • 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.
  • Notice of Intended Application for Administration - this is used when there is no will.
  • 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.

From 20 January 2014, the following notices must also be published online:

  • Notice of Intended Distribution of an Estate - where the case number starts with "2013" (or later).
  • Notice of Filing of Accounts.

If you need to publish a Notice of Intended Distribution of an Estate in a case that started before the year 2013, you will need to complete a different (Word) form, and email it to the Supreme Court registry. See FAQs about publishing probate notices for more information about what to do.

Search for a probate notice

You can search for probate notices which were published online on or after 21 January 2013. Before this date, notices were published in The Sydney Morning Herald and/or local newspapers.

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.