In the recent case of Kennedy v Kennedy  NSWSC 1087 Davies J struck out a defence and granted liberty for the executors to obtain default judgement and issue a writ of possession where one of five adult beneficiaries had been residing in the deceased’s house for about two years since the date of death, despite being requested by the executors to vacate. His Honour observed that:
 In my opinion the defences filed by the defendant do not disclose any defence to the claim by the executors. Where there is no lease in place, except if a claim was made in the nature of some form of constructive trust, it is doubtful if there could be any defence to the right of the executors to get in all of the estate property including by obtaining possession of the land.
It is the duty of the executor or administrator to get in the estate. If necessary the executor or administrator can apply to the court for a declaration and/or a writ of possession.
This applies where a beneficiary is in occupation of real property owned by the estate without permission and refuses to vacate.
This case has been added to the Estates chapter of By Lawyers 101 Succession Answers (NSW).