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Who pays for Probate application?

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boobydo View Drop Down

Joined: 06/September/2017
Location: Australia
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  Quote boobydo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Who pays for Probate application?
    Posted: 06/September/2017 at 14:29
I have been nominated as the executor of an estate.

Yet the solicitor handling the will has said I personally need to pay for the NSW supreme court probate application of between $700 an $900.

The beneficiaries are all very poor people and cannot afford it.

It doesn't seem right that a law firm, asks the executor to pay?

Are there ways around this such as having the deceased bank account unfrozen to raise funds for probate? That's if there are any funds actually available.

What are the other options?

citizen-joe View Drop Down
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Joined: 09/October/2005
Location: Australia
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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/September/2017 at 02:53
There must be sufficient funds to eventually cover this or probate would not be required. You should be reimbursed your expenses after probate is granted and before the estate is distributed.

Funeral expenses can be paid from the deceased estate, but that's all, as far as I know.

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