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Having a Will is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family. It can ensure your final wishes and division of assets are executed as you desired, and provide a peace of mind knowing that your partner and family will be looked after once you’re gone.

Beyond the legalities, we understand that administering a loved one’s estate can be an emotional and difficult time.
Our aim is to lighten your load by handling the paperwork, legal documentation and questions that often come with this process. 

We can assist with

Estate Planning

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Creating and interpreting Wills

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Applying for probate

Contesting and defending Wills

Advising you, and other parties, of their rights and responsibilities

Liaising with relevant government bodies

Obtaining valuations

Carrying out your loved ones wishes

Frequently Asked Questions

What is estate planning?

Estate planning is a holistic approach to managing your assets and final wishes. The process begins with having a legal Will and may involve a range of other considerations including:

  • Appointing an executor
  • How your assets will be distributed
  • Any religious obligations you wish to follow
  • Decisions about power of attorney
  • Business succession planning
  • Superannuation
Why is estate planning important?

Estate planning is the most effective way to transfer and distribute your wealth among your nominated loved ones.

What is a Will?
A Will is a very important document that addresses how your inheritance and assets are distributed after you die
Why is having a legal Will important?

While many people simply write down their wishes in an informal document, family members can contest these decisions before a court.

To ensure that your final decisions are honoured, it is essential that your Will be prepared by a legal expert with specialised experience.

Do I need a Will?

You should have a Will if you’re married, have children, own property or other investments, or own assets such as a car or furniture.

What happens with no Will?

If you die without a Will your assets will be divided according to the laws of intestacy which places emphasis on familial relations with a preference towards the spouse and/or children.

Any property or assets that are remaining after debts have been settled and funeral costs have been paid will be divided according to these rules. 

CAN i MAKE CHANGES TO my WILL?

Your Will can be changed as often as you wish to reflect your wishes and property status. Once the initial Will is formalised, it is easier to make adjustments. It is important to have your original Will, plus any amendments, prepared by a professional solicitor.

what is probate law?

Probate is the official recognition of a Will’s validity from the Supreme Court of Queensland. If you are the executor of a Will, you will apply for probate through the Court. If approved, you will be issued a grant which gives you the authority to administer the deceased’s estate. This process usually takes around four weeks.

what does an executor of a will do?

An Executor of a Will is responsible for making sure that debts and creditors of the deceased are paid off, and that any remaining money or property is distributed according to the deceased’s wishes.

what is a 'power of attorney'?
A power of attorney is a legal document that allows another person to act on your behalf for both personal and financial matters. This person should be a spouse, close relative or trusted friend.

You can appoint up to 4 people to act as attorneys and they must be 18 or older. They cannot be a paid carer, a healthcare provider or someone who is bankrupt.

What is an advance health directive?

An advance health directive is a pre-made plan which instructs your loved ones of your wishes for medical treatment in the case that you become seriously ill and are unable to communicate these wishes.

Does the No Win, No Fee policy apply to my dispute?

Depending on the specifics of your dispute, your Will dispute may be eligible for our No Win, No Fee payment policy. This means legal costs are only payable if your case is successful. 

Our specialist team will assess your circumstances to ensure they have a certain level of confidence that your case is winnable. For more details see Fees.

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