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Deborah Awyzio
Deborah Awyzio, Solicitor
Category: Australia Law
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Experience:  Bachelor of Laws (QUT), BIT (QUT), Family Law Accredited Specialist, over 12 years experience
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My brother has died in Australia and has named me virbaly as

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My brother has died in Australia and has named me virbaly as next of kin. I live in NZ and have an older brother in Ireland. The deceased brother has no wife or children. We do not know if he has a will but we do not think he owned any assets but he will have a bank account.
JA: Estate laws vary by state. What state are you in?
Customer: What process is required to prove next of kin?
JA: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?
Customer: Only hospital records which use my name as next of kin
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: How do I find what bank account he may have
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Australia Law
Expert:  Leon replied 2 months ago.

Good Morning

My name is ***** ***** I am a NSW Solicitor. Thank you for your question, and will do my best to assist you with your question. Please understand this is not legal advise but a guide to assist you.

Is there anyone in Australia you can rely on?

Did he have any assets?

Are his parents still alive?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hello Leon
We can rely on the publcan where he was living.
We do not think he has any assests but probably has a bank account in Mt Morgan
His parents are dead
Expert:  Leon replied 2 months ago.

Good Morning.

If he has no assets there is nothing to be done.

If he has assets then you will need to apply for letters of administration.

Who ever you rely on will be appointed and they will then deal with the assets as per the court orders.

You will need to provide evidence of your parents not being alive and you and your other brother being the sole beneficiaries.

He may have had bank accounts and super as well.

you may have to fly over and search his papers.