Probate, Wills & Succession
When a person passes away leaving property, it is usually necessary to apply for probate if there is a Will or Letters of Administration where there is no Will.
We are experienced in obtaining grants of probate and Letters of Administration and finalising deceased estates.
Wills and Testamentary Trusts
Wills are often not the simple documents they once were due to considerations such as superannuation, tax, overseas assets, property held in trusts and companies. Whether simple or complex, we have experience drafting wills that take into account the client’s unique circumstances.
When a person dies, a Will can be challenged on the basis that it is invalid or that the will does not adequately provide for a beneficiary.
Disputes regarding entitlements to a deceased estate are regretfully common. We regularly deal with such disputes. Our experience is that most claims regarding deceased estates settle at mediation. Some proceed to trial. We have experience in both mediation and settlement of disputes as well as taking such disputes to trial and on appeal.
Business succession planning and estate planning plays a big role in our Business Law Department.