​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

Executors not able to act

An executor who is named in a will may not be able to apply for probate if they are: 

    A minor

    If the sole executor is a minor (under 18 years of age), the court may grant administration with the will annexed to the guardian of the minor or to another responsible person appointed by the court, until the minor reaches 18 years of age.

    If one of the executors named in a will is a minor, the court may grant probate to the other executors with leave (permission) to the minor to apply for probate upon turning 18 years of age.

    Icon - alert  If the sole executor or one of the executors is a minor, you should get legal advice

    Mentally or physically incapable

    If the sole executor is mentally or physically incapable of managing his or her own affairs due to a disability, the court may make a grant of administration with the will annexed to another person depending on whether the disability is permanent or temporary.

    If there are other executors appointed by the will, the court may grant probate to the other executors named in the will.

    Icon - alert  If the executor is mentally or physically incapable, you should get legal advice.

    Unwilling or unable to act

    In some circumstances, an executor may be unwilling or unable to act.

    The spouse or next of kin of the deceased may apply for a grant of administration with the will annexed if the executor:

    • has died 
    • does not want to apply for probate (this is also called a 'renunciation of probate')
    • is in prison
    • is missing.

    If two executors are appointed and one executor is unwilling or unable to act, the other appointed executor may still apply for probate. For example, if two executors were appointed by a will and one has died, then the surviving executor will need to annex (attach) the deceased executor's death certificate to their affidavit.

    If you have been named as an executor in the deceased's will and you do not want to act, you can file a renunciation of probate with the Supreme Court of NSW.

    Icon - sample/instructions   Instructions for filling out a Renunciation of Probate

    Icon - sample/instructions   Sample Renunciation of Probate (Form 123)

    Icon - alert  If an executor is unwilling or unable to act, you should get legal advice.

    Living outside of NSW

    An executor who lives outside of NSW is entitled to apply for probate, however another person may apply for a grant of letters of administration if there are concerns that the executor may delay the process.

    If the executor appoints an attorney under a Power of Attorney, the court may grant administration with the will annexed.

    Icon - alert  If you (or one of the executors) live outside of NSW, you should get legal advice. ​