Wills and estate planning
A will is one of the most important documents you will ever sign. It is usually the only way you can ensure your assets are distributed in the way you intend after you die.
Estate planning is about ensuring that the assets you acquire during your lifetime are properly protected, structured, and distributed simply (and in the most tax effective manner) to your intended beneficiaries after your death. Effective estate planning requires careful thought, professional expertise, experience and care.
We are skilled in preparing estate plans, including wills and associated documentation such as:
- Enduring powers of attorney
- Advance health directives
- Binding superannuation death benefit nominations
- Deeds for mutual wills
- Testamentary trusts
- Directions to trustees
For large and small estates, we can ensure that your estate planning leaves nothing to chance and protects your family from needless financial or legal problems. We make sure your wishes are clearly and effectively expressed in plain English so your wishes will be carried out without undue distress, expense or inconvenience for your beneficiaries. Benefit from our experience.
Asset and wealth protection - testamentary trusts
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Can de facto children claim against your estate?
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Can your ex-defacto inherit under your will?
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Convenient location and excellent service. Garland Waddington understand both personal and business succession planning, and have the expertise to deal with complex estate planning issues.Kaye Johns
Ken and the team at Garland Waddington are very knowledgeable and I have the utmost respect for them. Everyone I deal with always makes me feel like they have my best interests at heart.Bruce Perry
During the meetings I had with Garland Waddington, they explained the legal direction in a way I could understand. This made me feel comfortable and confident to move forward. Excellent service.Alan Slade
A wealth of experience to draw on that made consideration of complex issues and a solution easy to understand. We have every confidence in their advice and strongly recommend them to others.R Kerr, Store City
On an intellectual property licence agreement, I found them to be personable and they got the results required. Their service was reliable and prompt. I look forward to working with them into the future.Garth Chapman
A litigation issue was causing us enormous stress. We achieved the result we needed. We WON! The staff were easy to deal with. Their knowledge was outstanding and they were great communicators.Kate Marshall
We were blown away with how friendly everyone was. The staff member in particular who carried out our conveyancing work was prompt and very approachable. We were very happy with the cost as well.Paul and Lyn Thomas