The Position of Executors Before Grant


In-person - Thursday, 27 June 2024

The CPD session was initially planned for Tuesday, 27 February 2024, was rescheduled to Wednesday, 3 April 2024 and now has been postponed until Thursday, 27 June 2024.

At common law, an executor derives their title to the deceased’s assets and authority to deal with them from the will. In New South Wales, this position is changed, or modified, by ss 44 and 61 of the Probate and Administration Act 1898 (NSW). How these provisions operate has long been a matter of perplexity and the subject of inconsistent decisions.

This paper will discuss whether there is a conflict between the decisions of the Full Federal Court in Byers v Overton Investments Pty Ltd (2001) 109 FCR 554 and the NSW Court of Appeal in Deigan v Fussell [2019] NSWCA 299.

It will also discuss the High Court’s decision in Andrews v Hogan (1952) 86 CLR 223 and the practical implications for executors of the uncertainty of the current law.

Chaired by Lindsay Ellison SC, Wardell Chambers and introduced by Hayley Bennett, New Chambers from the Succession and Protective Law Committee

Joined by speaker Justice Richard White, Supreme Court of NSW.

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