Property transfers

You sort the furniture, we’ll transfer the house.

Don’t pay us to divide the kitchen utensils, but let us give you a hand with the real estate.

We can help you with property transfers, survivorship applications, transmission applications, transfers to beneficiaries and real estate settlements.

Unsure what you need? We explain the jargon here.

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From getting the grant to administering the whole estate, our team can offer as much help as you need.

Survivorship / Transmission application

$550 per application

We will prepare your survivorship or transmission application and lodge it at Landgate for registration.

Our fixed fee excludes Landgate registration fee ($178.20) and certificate of title search fee ($26.70)

Transfer to beneficiaries

From $880 per property

We will transfer the property to the beneficiaries.

Our fixed fee excludes Landgate registration fee ($178.20), certificate of title search fee ($26.70) and transfer duty (as assessed).

Real estate settlement


If you’ve sold the estate’s property, we will complete the real estate settlement.

Our fixed fee excludes government fees charged at cost.

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Our plain-English legal guide has comprehensive and practical advice to help you to take charge and finalise the estate.


As a general rule, the answer is yes – executors and administrators can charge their reasonable legal costs to the estate. What is reasonable depends on the circumstances, but would generally include the costs of making an application for Probate or Letters of Administration.

A survivorship application is an application by a surviving joint tenant of property to remove the name of a deceased person from the certificate of title.  The application must be made to Landgate and must include the death certificate.  A statutory declaration may also be required. 

There is no need to lodge a survivorship application immediately upon the death of a joint tenant. The application can just as easily be done at the time of disposal of the property, whether by sale or upon the death of the last surviving joint owner.

Before real estate can be sold it must first be transferred to the name of the executor or administrator of the estate. 

There are three steps involved here:

  1. Firstly, the executor or administrator must obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration from the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Landgate will not permit property transfers without a Grant.
  2. Secondly, the property must be transferred into the name of the executor or administrator of the estate, in their capacity as executor or administrator, known as an Application by Personal Representative or a transmission application.  This application is an essential first step whether the property is to be sold or transferred to one or more beneficiaries of the estate.
  3. Thirdly and finally, the property can be transferred to the beneficiary or beneficiaries named in the Will or, in the case of a sale, to the buyer.

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What our clients say

Thank you for your help and explaining what to do regarding my father’s estate.
Thank you for your help
January 13, 2021
Michael Hodgkins is the Legal Adviser in this case. Very personalised & professional, friendly and trustworthy. Very prompt & punctual. Explanations are simple without any jargon. Always helpful and prompt in undertaking any tasks. Gives confidence & reassurance. Above all , the price is right. Thank you Michael.
Mr V
January 9, 2021
Quick and great service very happy to have gone with Perth Probate Centre.
Mr M
January 8, 2021
Feedback so far from me is that you are excellent. I have up to now always been kept up to date with any news on the dot, staff are extremely competent as far as tell. Can’t wait to send my end review.
January 6, 2021
My sister and I were impressed with the professionalism of Jennifer Nguyen throughout our meeting in December 2020. Our application for a grant of probate to the Supreme Court was processed in good time thanks to her attention to detail. We especially appreciated Ms Nguyen’s electronic white board explanations as she took us through each step of the application process as well as her close scrutiny of the Will and associated documents. We look forward to meeting face to face with her ASAP in January this year so personalised advice can be given on how we should administer our late father’s estate via a customised step by step guide summarising this advice. Michael Hodgkins’ witnessing of the Supreme Court application before it was lodged was also to the point. and appreciated. We are looking forward to administration our late father’s Will.
Mr H
January 5, 2021
Hi Michael, thank you so very much for [your work]. Like I’ve said before, you’ve done a great job and are still doing a great job. Thank you. May we wish you and all your staff and family a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.
Mr and Ms V
December 23, 2020

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