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.
The process of obtaining probate
The word 'probate' simply means 'proof', and the issuing of a grant of probate by a Court ‘proves’ the Will of a deceased person and vests title to estate assets in the executor/s, allowing the executor/s to deal with th...
Why everyone needs a Power of Attorney
Most people over 18 years of age should seriously consider having a power of attorney in place. We hope you will never have the need for one, but it is a simple and inexpensive precaution, and all too often we encounter problems that could have be...
Dealing with an 'unfair' Will
In this article we consider dealing with an unfair will where one or more parties consider the distributions made to one or more beneficiaries (or someone being left out of a will entirely) to be unreasonable in the circumstances. There are many r...
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