Wills & Estates

It is impossible to see what exactly the future holds, so how do you plan for the unknown? The good news is that legal documents can provide some level of certainty around certain aspects of the future. There are a number of ways we can help you plan for yourself (with a power of attorney and guardianship) and for those that are dear to you (through your will) to ensure your estate is managed as you wish.

Proper estate planning involves many different considerations.

  • Carefully reviewing all estate assets
  • Carefully reviewing all non-estate assets such as superannuation, life insurance and jointly held property
  • Considering the circumstances of your intended beneficiaries, such as infant beneficiaries, beneficiaries with disabilities or special needs, and other vulnerable beneficiaries such as alcoholics or gamblers
  • Considering the impact of any family-owned business, company or family trust

Our lawyers can work in collaboration with your accountant or financial advisor to ensure your estate plan achieves your wishes in the most tax-effective manner.

If you have been named as the executor of a will, then there will come a time when you will administer an estate. That means distributing the assets as set out in the will.  The administration of the estate can be a long and complicated process. While there are a number of steps in the process, we can assist you with all of them, guiding you in the execution of your duties and taking the burden from you in these difficult times.

Family and friends sometimes disagree over assets of a loved one who has passed away. This can happen when a will is available but more likely when a DIY will was completed or no will exists. We can manage an estate dispute or help you challenge a will.