Deceased Estates – Notarising a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration

Dealing with Deceased Estates overseas

It is challenging enough dealing with the passing of a loved one, whether they are a family member or a friend. If you have been appointed as an executor, or you expect to be an administrator of the estate, then you have the added burden of dealing with the legalities of managing their deceased estate – a task which is further complicated if part or all of their estate is situated overseas.

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we commonly assist people in signing legal documents, generally dealing with deceased estates, intended to be used in other countries. Often these documents relate to court documents such as applications, declarations or affidavits – and some times renunciations.

Due to the increased hassle and complication of dealing with deceased estates in other countries, many of our clients choose to renounce their entitlement to assets or gifts given to them in a Will or as part of a deceased estate. Generally, if the estate or the gift is small or they have other family overseas who can better handle the role and responsibilities associated with managing a deceased estate, our clients will ask lawyers who are assisting with managing the deceased estate to prepare the relevant legal documents which allow them to renounce their entitlement or even their appointment to any official position in the management of the deceased estate.

Every now and then, the other kind of legal document that we are asked to witness and notarise relates to challenges, or the defence of challenges, to the deceased estate. When other parties attempt to challenge or dispute a Will, or the management of a deceased estate, the result is often legal proceedings in a foreign court. Accordingly, any documents that need to be filed in that court but signed in Australia generally need to be witnessed and notarised by a notary public before it would be acceptable and admissible.

Whatever the case or situation may be, the challenges of dealing with a deceased estate overseas include the challenge of finding a notary public who understands the issues that you face and can help you properly notarise (and authenticate or stamp your documents with an apostille as necessary) the relevant legal documents needed to achieve your intended goals.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public


Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.

Posted: 2013-11-15 09:00:59 / Last edited: 2018-05-26 15:09:07