A grant of probate is the authority given by the Supreme Court NSW to the executor(s) to deal with a deceased person's estate. The will in the Probate packet is considered by the Court to be the only legal document. Records in a Probate packet include: the last will and testament codicils (additions or revocations to the will) letters of administration. Other documents may include: inventory of assets of the estate; affidavits of death and copy of the death certificate; oath of office of the executor; affidavits sworn by the executor; executor's petition for probate; affidavits of attesting witnesses; notices of motion for administration; any application or lodgement documents including notice of motion for probate and address for service; orders relating to the filing of accounts;or renunciation of probate by executor.
Inquests are conducted by coroners and are held to investigate the manner and cause of death
Intestate: A person who dies without leaving a will.
This guide provides an overview of the Office of the Curator of Intestate Estates and a select list of related records series
A brief overview of the administration of the collection of death duties - Deceased estate files - and how to find the records.