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How Kiwilaw’s probate service works – step by step

Step 1 – Probate OR (special circumstances) letters of administration with will annexed

1.) You contact us by online enquiry form – probate  OR you may jump straight in and use our automated ‘interview’ (about 20 minutes) if you already have the necessary factual information available.

2. You send us a  photo or scan of the will (plus English translation, if the will is not in English) – including any cover page or backing page.

3. We confirm whether any additional work or information is required.  If you have not yet used our automated ‘interview’, we send you the link and ask you to use it.

4.  The automated interview sends us (by email) the documents needed, in draft form.

5. We finish preparing the documents and check them against the will and the other information you have provided. (Usually within 1 business day of receiving the electronic information plus copy of will.)

6. We invoice you our fee ($490 incl GST, unless there is special additional work).

7. Meanwhile you uplift the original will (if you do not already have it). Contact the law firm or other organisation that holds it. Explain that you are making your own application for probate, rather than doing it through a lawyer. Arrange to pick up the will from them. If there is more than one executor, both of you will need to confirm this.  If they want a letter from you, you may like to use this automated interview – it will produce a Word document which you can download and sign and send.

Step 1 – Letters of administration on intestacy (no will)

1.) You contact us by online enquiry form – letters of administration. 

2. We confirm whether any additional work or information is required.  .

3. If additional work is needed, you can decide whether to do this yourself or whether to instruct us to do it.  Such work may include placing a missing wills’ advertisement, or a paternity search through the Registrar-General,  finding other documents, researching a special legal issue, etc. There may also be a notice of choice of option (spouse), or consent forms (siblings), or other special documentation, for which we do charge extra.

4. We send you a link to an automated interview, similar to the probate one above. There are different versions depending on the circumstances.

4.  The automated interview sends us (by email) the documents needed, in draft form.

5. We finish preparing the documents and check them against the will and the other information you have provided. (Usually within 1 business day of receiving the electronic information plus copy of will.)

6. We invoice you our fee ($490 incl GST, unless there is special additional work).

Step 2 – Probate / letters of administration

1. You pay our invoice.

2. We courier the documents to you, with full instructions for getting them signed and witnessed and sending them to the High Court.

3. You action any special documents we provide (unlikely with applications for probate; more likely with applications for letters of administration – such as consents from siblings, or notice of choice of option by spouse).

4. You finish preparing the documents for signing (by attaching stickers we provide, to exhibits that you already hold, such as the original will), and arrange to sign the documents in front of a JP, lawyer, or court registrar. We provide full instructions.

5. You sign the documents, make your own copies, pay the High Court fee ($200), and send everything to the High Court. We provide a covering letter, envelope, and full instructions.

6. The High Court sends you the grant of probate (or letters of administration).

Notes

If there are any problems with the application documents, you let us know and we fix the problem (no extra charge unless it is because you gave us incorrect information previously).

We do not meet with you in person (except perhaps if requested by someone local in Oxford, Canterbury, while we are testing our processes).  We also prefer to avoid telephone calls unless essential – because they can be time consuming.

Enquire now – probate – no obligation

PREMIUM SERVICE (optional):

If you prefer us to do the liaison between executors/applicants to get everything signed and witnessed, and/or if you want us to send the signed documents to the High Court on your behalf, we will charge an extra fee of $300 per executor/applicant, plus courier costs. (We really do not want to do this. That is why we charge penalty rates. We do not want to spend time making phone calls or photocopies, which is what this mostly requires.)

Enquire now – letters of administration – no obligation 

Helpful Kiwilaw resources

Online enquiry form – probate

Automated interview (about 20 minutes) – application for probate – use this if you are sure you need probate

Online enquiry form – letters of administration (no will)

Automated interview – do you need probate or letters of administration? – use this if you are not sure whether you need probate or letters of administration

Letter from executor/s to law firm holding the original will, to arrange to uplift it (to send it to the High Court with probate application)

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Page updated 12 February 2019