- an administrator's oath
- draft letters of administration
- an affidavit of assets and liabilities which must have a schedule of assets and liabilities annexed.
For estates where the deceased died prior to 26 June 2014, in addition to the above documents, the following documents must also be lodged:
- an administration bond. For estates where the deceased died prior to 26 June 2014, this is the major procedural difference between an application for probate and letters of administration. An applicant for letters of administration must, together with either two sureties (or guarantors) or an approved insurance company as guarantor, lodge a bond (or guarantee) that the administrator will do the work of administering the estate properly. If the applicant chooses private sureties, each surety must have assets in her or his name at least equal to the value of the estate. Where the proposed administrator is the spouse, only one surety is required. In some circumstances a special affidavit can be completed and a bond can be avoided altogether
- an affidavit of justification of sureties (This is not required if there is an application to dispense with the bond, or where the surety is an insurance company. In this case, an affidavit in lieu of guarantee is needed.)
In both an application for letters of administration and letters of administration with the will annexed, it is possible to avoid filing the affidavit of justification of sureties and the surety's guarantee if there is an application to dispense with the guarantee.
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