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Wills & Estates

Developing Comprehensive Estate Strategies

With over 30 years of practice, have confidence that we focus on your specific needs, and provide comprehensive strategies to your particular objectives.

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Unique Solutions

 

Our estate services are tailored to meet your needs through all stages of your life. As time passes and situations change, it's important that your estate planning remains current, to ensure that your last wishes are carried out.

Why Us?

 

Our practitioners develop comprehensive estate strategies that ensure you are protected both during your life and after.

 

We have significant knowledge when it comes to understanding the complexities of succession law, and our experienced team works with you every step of the way.

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WILL PREPARATION

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MUTUALLY BINDING WILLS

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Estate Administration
ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

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Estate Dispute
DISPUTED ESTATES

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OTHER ESTATE DOCUMENTS

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Powers of Attorney & Advance Health Directive

Ensure you're protected during your life, not just after.

Life is unpredictable... that's why you should give thought to who you trust to make decisions for you if you can no longer make them for yourself.

How we can help

There are many types of estate disputes which can arise for various reasons. 

Some of these which we can help you with include:

  • family provision applications

  • capacity concerns

  • undue influence

  • unusual circumstances when making a Will

  • interpretation issues

  • informal Wills

  • breach of duty by Executors or administrators

Whatever the situation is, it is very important that you act quickly in case of a time limit passing and preventing you from taking action.

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What's the difference?

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) allows you to appoint someone to make personal/health and/or financial decisions on your behalf.

 

You can also nominate when you want the attorney to commence acting. For example, you can have it come into effect immediately or at a specific point in time (such as when you lose capacity).

There are specific requirements that both yourself and your attorney must meet, which is why you should have these documents prepared by one of our experienced lawyers.​ 

You can have confidence that your document is drafted right the first time for as little as $110.00.

An Advance Health Directive (AHD) is sometimes called a living Will. It is a formal way to give instructions about your future health care, and comes into effect only if your cognitive health deteriorates and you become unable to make your own decisions.

An AHD usually outlines the medical treatment you want when you don't have capacity, and it enables you to appoint someone to be your attorney (should you wish to appoint one). It also included information that your health professional should be aware of, including health conditions, allergies, cultural and other information. You will also be able to give specific instructions of what is to happen if you have a terminal illness or severe brain damage or other injury or illness. This can include not to be resuscitated, or what life-sustaining measures you would be comfortable with.

You can have confidence that your document is drafted right the first time for as little as $275.00.

Disputed Estates

We find solutions when you've been left out of a Will.

If you've found yourself in an awkward situation, requiring advice in relation to disputing a Will, our estate team can help you navigate the complexities of making a family provision claim.

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How we can help

There are many types of estate disputes which can arise for various reasons. 

Some of these which we can help you with include:

  • family provision applications

  • capacity concerns

  • undue influence

  • unusual circumstances when making a Will

  • interpretation issues

  • informal Wills

  • breach of duty by Executors or administrators

Whatever the situation is, it is very important that you act quickly in case of a time limit passing and preventing you from taking action.

Estate Administration

We can help take the stress off your shoulders.

The main duty of an Executor who has been appointed under a Will is to call in and administer the estate. This is often very daunting and can be very complex whilst still trying to grieve for the lost loved one.

How we can help

We've been helping to call and administer estates since 1983. Our extensive experience and dedicated estate lawyers understand the emotional, financial and other complexities involved when it comes to a loved one passing away.

Whether you need to apply for Probate or Letters of Administration, call in the estate, transfer property or organise the tax affairs of your loved one, we're here to help.

Even if you're simply after a free consultation, it's worth sitting down with one of our team members so that you can get the guidance that you need.

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Mutually Binding Wills

Unique family situations may require unique estate solutions.

Depending on your situation, particularly if you have a blended family, and want to ensure that you and your spouse provide for each other's children on your death, it may be appropriate to consider mutually binding Wills to avoid the risk of estate litigation.

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How we can help

We have extensive experience when it comes to mutually binding Wills.

Depending on your situation, we can help you and your spouse protect one another and each other's children.

If you need more advice, we offer complimentary estate consultations to learn more about your unique situation and the best path forward.

Mutually Binding Wills vs Mirror Wills

It's incredibly important not to confuse a mutually binding Will with a mirror Will. Either way, we'll give you the right advice for your individual situation.

Mirror Wills are not binding on the parties, however, are simply identical in terms. A good example of which is a husband and wife leaving their estate to each other, and, on the death of the last of them, then the children take the estate equally. This is very common between couples who do not have step-children, and are in a typical nuclear family arrangement.

A mutual Will is a binding agreement between two individuals to have their Wills drafted in a particular way, prohibiting them from later changing their Will on the death of the other or without that person's consent. Mutually binding Wills are very common when it comes to blended families, the purpose of which is to prevent the survivor excluding step-children.

Everyone needs a Will

Even when we die, we still have important responsibilities.

Having a last Will is incredibly important, that's why giving consideration to estate planning will give you and your family peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for the future. Without a valid Will, your last wishes may not be carried out and it could mean that there are lengthy court processes involved. That's why it is so important to do right by your family now and reduce the risk of family dispute.

How we can help

Our estate planning lawyers have extensive experience in Will preparation, which gives you the opportunity to carefully consider what is right for you and your family.

We work alongside you, providing advice on the best structure for your needs.

 

- Practical advice to support you and your needs

- Comprehensive and tailored solutions to avoid litigation

- Reduce the risk of family disputes or estate claims'

- Help to protect your assets from creditors

 

We don't just prepare your Will, we give advice on the best strategy for you.

We offer Wills from as little as $175

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Plan your future today

 

Call now to book your free consultation today for peace of mind tomorrow.