From 24 November 2017, a notice of intention to apply for a grant of probate will only be required to be advertised in the Queensland Law Reporter.
Currently, executors applying for a grant of probate in Queensland must advertise in the Queensland Law Reporter and a newspaper circulating regularly in the locality where the testator resided. That usually means the Courier Mail or, if they lived outside of Brisbane, the local newspaper.
The previous requirement to advertise in a newspaper usually resulted in costs upwards of $500, making it an expensive and unnecessary exercise in small or relatively straightforward estates. In the digital age it was also questionable whether there was any practical benefit to be had from the public notices section of a newspaper.
In most cases this sensible change should lead to a reduction in advertising costs of approximately $500, which is a significant outcome for more modest estates. At the same time, it seems unlikely that the change will adversely impact the just and efficient administration of any particular interest in an estate.
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