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.
Most people are not aware that it is possible to apply to the Queensland Supreme Court for the Court to make what is known as a 'statutory will' for someone who is unable themselves to make a will because of lack of capacity. As you would ...
A spouse or partner contesting a Will
All jurisdictions in Australia provide statutory rights for eligible persons to contest a Will on the basis that they have not been left adequate provision by the testator for their proper maintenance, education and advancement in life. In Queensl...
De facto relationships and Will contests
All jurisdictions in Australia have legislation permitting eligible persons to contest an 'unfair' Will if they can show that they have been left without adequate provision by the testator. In Queensland, an eligible person includes: a ...
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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