Death of a loved one

Commonly asked questions about estate law:

A will is a legal document which outlines how each of the deceased’s belongings will be distributed after they die. The deceased’s collective belongings are referred to as their ‘estate’, and can include things like real estate, bank balances, personal possessions (including those of sentimental value) and shares.

When a person dies without a will, or dies leaving a will that does not deal with all of their property, then this is called ‘intestacy’ or ‘dying intestate’. If you cannot find any will for your family member anywhere (even after checking with their bank, legal team, insurance company, and so on), then you may need to refer the matter to the NSW Trustee & Guardian. More information can be found on our Letters of Administration page and on the NSW Trustee & Guardian website.

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