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  • Collect all assets, including redeeming non-transferable assets (e.g. bank accounts) and preparing applicable transfers for the distribution stage.
  • Advertise for creditors and determine all of the deceased’s liabilities.
  • Obtain income tax clearance to the date of death.
  • Raise or defend any legal action by or against the estate if required.
  • Pay liabilities.
  • Commence distributing the estate, including paying legacies and handing over specific bequests
  • Wait out the family provision challenge period – this is a statutory period of time in which claims can be made for provision from the estate or greater provision than that specified in the Will. (This varies between States/Territories up to a maximum of 12 months from the date of death.)
  • Prepare final estate income tax returns and pay any outstanding tax.