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 Estate Administration and Probate Proceedings – a live lunchtime online conference

Online Conferences,Wills and Succession Law,Estate Administration and Probate Proceedings – a live lunchtime online conference
Tuesday 1st February 2022
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas: 12 noon to 2.45pm
QLD: 11am to 1.45pm
SA/NT: 11.30am to 2.15pm
WA: 9.00am to 11.45am
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Hear from the experts at this online lunchtime conference. You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device from anywhere.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there'll be a chairperson, presentations and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions via online chat.

One registration can be shared by colleagues within the same firm utilising the same login.


Session 1: Complicated Probate Proceedings – Some Complex Scenarios Explained

This session examines some complicated probate matters and how to deal with them from a practical procedural perspective. It includes:

  • Executor renunciation or where executor has lost capacity
  • Applications if will does not allow executor to renounce
  • Where executor is unwilling to apply for probate
  • Application for probate where original will has been lost
  • Application where a later will has been found after grant of probate
  • Where beneficiary signed as witness to will
  • Where there have been informal alterations to the will
  • Rectification where will does not carry out testator’s intentions

Session 2: Family Provision Claims: Lessons from the Frontline

This session considers recent developments in family provision claims across different jurisdictions and the lessons practitioners can learn from recent cases.  It includes:

  • Are judgements taking a harder line?
  • Are we seeing a more genuine assessment of the needs of the applicant?
  • Establishing financial need – what are the relevant factors in recent decisions
  • Cross jurisdictional issues emerging in family provision claims
  • Calderbank offers in family provision claims
  • Cost consequences when failing to establish financial need
  • Impact of living together despite separation
  • Lessons from recent cases, including Cowap v Cowap [2020]NSWCA 19; Sarant v Sarant [2020] NSWSC 1640

Session 3: Executor Limitations: The Consequences of Acting Without a Grant

Attempts by executors to deal with an estate prior to a grant of probate can be fraught with danger. This session will explore what can happen when an executor fails to follow the requirements, and the consequences for uninformed or unsuspecting financial institutions or others, including:

  • Where does the authority of the executor come from?
  • Nature of a grant of probate - why is it required and what does it do?
  • When is a grant of probate not required or necessary? Small estates and other circumstances discussed
  • Status of the executor prior to a grant of probate
  • Vesting of property in the executor: the legislative position
  • The use of waivers and releases pre-probate grant to deal with the estate: Public Trustee v CBA & Ors [2018] SASC 25
  • Ability of the executor to deal with real property in the estate before a grant of probate: Carolyn Deigan as executrix for the estate of the late James Boyd Lockrey v Barnard James Fussell [2019] NSWCA 159
  • Tips for advising executors pre-grant

Rachael Grabovic, Partner, Rigby Cooke Lawyers, Melbourne (Chair)

Paige Edwards, Senior Associate, McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Brisbane

Christian Teese, Special Counsel, Rigby Cooke Lawyers, Sydney

David Topp, Barrister, Queensland Bar, Brisbane

  • It was just like being at a well run conference but in many ways better. 
  • This option is of great assistance to country practitioners.
  • The live online conference format worked well and made the speakers more engaging than a recording.
  • Our team used the boardroom.  We could talk and discuss the presentation without feeling we were imposing on others and you could submit a question, which we did.  All from the comfort of our own office.
  • The conference was well organised and the email links very useful.

Delegates registered to attend the LIVE event will receive a CPD certificate for attendance.  Lawyers can claim up to 2.5 CPD units/points (substantive law).


If you register and pay by 14th January 2022 you will pay only $495 – a saving of $55 off the full price conference registration fee of $550.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Hayley Williams–Cameron on (03) 8601 7730 or email: [email protected]

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Product Code: OEPFEB22
 Price:   $495.00 (Inclusive of GST)