- Advice on and preparation of Wills;
- Applications for Probate;
- Assistance with claims against estates -defending claims against deceased estates
- Estate planning and administration
- Letters of Administration (in the event that a will is deemed invalid);and
- Supreme Court estate litigation
We recommend you keep your Will up-to-date.
Why up-date your Will? At every stage of life our circumstances change and with these changes your wishes for the distribution of your estate may be different. Wills may require review for many reasons -for example, beneficiaries and executors may no longer be alive, your executors may not now want the responsibility, your assets may have changed, you may wish to include grandchildren. Have you made provision for your pets?
We can assist you to review your Will to suit changed circumstances and to ensure it is best protected from possible challenge.
Been left out of a Will?
Under the Succession Act 2006 the Court has the power to make a “family provisions” order on behalf of an applicant who has been left out of a Will or who believes they have not been adequately provided for in a Will.
Strict time limits apply to the making of such applications – for this reason you should contact us immediately if you believe you may have a valid claim upon an estate.
Persons eligible to make such applications include spouses, de factos, children, former wives and husbands, a person dependent upon the deceased, a grandchild and persons living in a close personal relationship with the deceased.
If you think you may have an entitlement which has not been met under a Will, make sure that you seek legal advise as soon as possible.
Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship
We also prepare Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianships. A Power of Attorney enables another person to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so through loss of physical or mental capacity or in circumstances where it is convenient to have someone carry out transactions on your behalf.
An enduring guardianship directs another person to make decisions in relation to lifestyle and health issues on your behalf if you lose mental capacity.
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