Wills and estate planning
A will is one of the most important documents you will ever sign.
It is part of the means whereby you 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 during your lifetime and after your death.
Advance health directives
We assist with the preparing of Advanced Health Directives stating your wishes or directions in relation to your future health care for various medical conditions and only comes into effect when you are unable to make your own decision. Read our fact sheet on Advanced Heath Directives here.
We assist with preparing Wills that clearly sets out your wishes for the distribution of your assets after your death. Complete and return a copy of the Instructions for preparation of Will so that we can assist you with preparing your Will.
We prepare and provide detailed advice in relation to testamentary trust which are created by a Will to provide a greater level of control over the distribution of assets to beneficiaries. Read our fact sheet on Testamentary trust here.
Enduring powers of attorney
Enduring Powers of Attorney appoints someone to make financial and/or person decisions on your behalf. We assist and prepare Enduring Powers of Attorney on your behalf. Read our fact sheet on Enduring Powers of Attorney here.
Binding superannuation death benefit nominations
We prepare and provide you with our expert advice in relation to binding superannuation death benefit nominations. Binding superannuation death benefit nominations allows you to advise the trustee who is to receive your superannuation benefit in the event of your death.
Deeds for mutual wills
We assist with the preparing of Deeds for mutual wills to ensure that property flows to intended, agreed, beneficiaries.
Directions to trustees
We assist the trustees (and executors) to administer the assets of the trust in accordance with the terms of the trust instrument.
What a Will Kit doesn’t do
There are various ‘Will Kits’ available on-line – most are cheap or ‘free’ and all you need to do is download them and fill in the blanks. Many websites boast that you can prepare your Will ‘without spending hund...
Common misconceptions about estate planning
An estate plan involves more than signing a Will and leaving it in a safe place. An effective estate plan requires consideration of your assets and affairs as a whole, and ongoing review to ensure it continues to reflect your testamentary wishes a...
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