Legal support through probate at a difficult personal time
Having a well-considered estate plan in place can give you peace of mind that the people you love will be provided for when you’re no longer with them. Our Wills and Estates lawyers can help you create a plan that expresses your wishes and considers the range of complex legislation involved.
Get your Will, enduring power of attorney and health care directives, and estate planning sorted without leaving a mess for your family to unravel as they grieve your loss.
When disputes over estates do occur, we help our clients navigate the emotional and difficult process with sensitivity and expert knowledge.
Legal support when a Will is in dispute
If you have lost a loved one, execution of the Will can be a stressful part of administering their estate — especially if the Will is in dispute. Whether you are an executor or a beneficiary, and you are fighting to uphold or challenge the Will, talk to the succession law experts about cost recovery, mediation, and fighting to keep what is yours.
Who we act for in wills and estates matters
Our clients are everyday people of all ages and backgrounds. Our recent matters include:
- preparing a complete estate plan for a retired health professional with a significant portfolio of investments held in his own name, his wife’s name, jointly and via companies, trusts and self-managed superannuation
- giving a terminally ill client peace of mind by preparing an enduring power of attorney, advance health directive and Will to ensure her wishes would be followed even after she lost capacity, and her young children would be provided for after her death
- advising a bankrupt beneficiary of an estate of the implications of receipt of a cash legacy under a will and devising a strategy to ensure the gift was received in full
- acting for a minor beneficiary, who was the result of an extra-marital affair of the deceased, in obtaining significant proportions of the deceased’s superannuation death proceeds and estate
- assisting in the administration of the estate of the administrator’s son who had died intestate, including obtaining letters of administration
- acting for a family, whose father/son/brother had passed away, in a highly emotive dispute with the widow as to the deceased’s assets, including his ashes
- acting for the executor of an estate comprising a half-share interest in a house in a dispute with the deceased’s ex-wife who owned the other half-share interest
How we help
- Wills for individuals and couples
- Buy-sell deeds
- Asset protection
- Enduring powers of attorney
- Advance health directives
- Tax and financial planning
- Business succession planning
- Testamentary discretionary trusts
- Estate planning and administration
- Letters of administration
- Binding death benefit nominations
- Dispute resolution