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​How to apply for a renunciation of probate

If you have been named as an executor (or one of the executors) in a will and you do not want to act, follow the steps in the guide on this page.  

You cannot apply for a renunciation of probate if the court has already granted probate or if you have taken on the role as an executor by taking responsibility over the estate, for example, by paying bills. This is also known as ‘intermeddling with the estate'.

If you want your solicitor, your accountant or NSW Trustee & Guardian to take on the role as an executor, you should get legal advice about your situation.

Icon: Page with numbered list How to apply for a renunciation of probate - Step by step guide

Step 1: Check the wording of the will to see if there are substitute executors

You should check the wording of the will to see if another person has been named as a substitute (additional) executor. This means that if you are unable or unwilling, then the substitute executor may apply for a grant.   

If there are no substitute executors, then a beneficiary named in the will can apply for letters of administration with the will annexed.

For more information, see Applying for letters of administration.

Step 2: Get the Renunciation of Probate (Form 123)

You can get a copy of the Renunciation of Probate (Form 123) from the:

Step 3: Fill in the Renunciation of Probate 

When you fill in the form you should include:

  • Case number (if you have one)
  • the full name of the deceased
  • the address of the deceased
  • your name and the name of all other executors applying for renunciation
  • the date the will was made and any codicils
  • the date of death
  • the suburb the deceased lived in. 

Instructions: Instructions for filling out a Renunciation of Probate form (Form 123)

Sample: Sample Renunciation of Probate form (Form 123)

Step 4: File the Renunciation of Probate form at the Supreme Court of NSW registry or give it to the person applying for a grant.

If there is a substitute executor named in the will, you should give the completed and signed Renunciation of Probate form to them to file with their application for probate.

If there are no other executors named in the will, you can give it to the person who is applying for letters of administration with the will annexed, or file it directly with Supreme Court of NSW yourself.

There is no filing fee for the Renunciation of Probate form.

The court will stamp the Renunciation of Probate form and return it back to you.