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The will

A will is a legal document which explains how a person wants their assets to be distributed aft​er they die.

After someone dies, the next of kin must first find out if the deceased had a will. If there is a will, the executor who is named in the will can apply to the Supreme Court of NSW for probate. If there is no will, the next of kin can apply for letters of administration.

You can start by searching for the will at the deceased's home. If you cannot locate the will at the deceased's home, you can try making enquiries with: 

  • their lawyer or any other lawyer the deceased may have used 
  • local banks (if it is held in safe custody) 
  • the deceased's accountant or financial advisor 
  • NSW Trustee & Guardian 
  • the Supreme Court of NSW

If you make enquiries with local lawyers, you should provide them with the following details:

  • the deceased's full name
  • their address
  • date of death
  • information about your relationship to the deceased, for example, that you are the deceased's spouse.

Icon - sample/instructions   Sample letter to local lawyers.

NSW Trustee & Guardian (TAG) provides a service where they will safely store a person's will. For more information, see Will Safe. To find out whether TAG holds the deceased's will, you can make a deceased Will enquiry online.

​If you find more than one will, the most recent will revokes (cancels) any previous will made by the deceased. If you find another written document that makes some changes to a will, this is called a 'codicil'. A codicil is a separate document that adds to a will, and if there is a will and a codicil or codicils these documents will be read together. A codicil should also be signed and witnessed by two other persons.

Icon - alert  If you find a document that sets out the deceased person's wishes and you are unsure whether it is a valid will, you should get legal advice.

Icon - alert  This website does not provide information about drafting a will or what a valid will should look like. For more information about wills, go to the NSW Trustee and Guardian website and  Rest assured.  ​