What to do if someone dies
Look for a will
Family members should look for a will. If there is no family in the Northern Territory, a friend of the deceased or the family can help search for a will.
By law, you must contact the Public Trustee to check for a will.
Other ways you can search include all of the following:
- look through their paperwork
- contact their lawyers
- contact their bank to see if a will is held in a safety deposit box
- ask other relatives or financial advisors who might know whether a will exists.
If a will is found, a person or trustee organisation will have been named as executor.
If you are appointed executor it means you are responsible for ensuring the person’s wishes are carried out.
Last updated: 21 May 2015