Wills & Estates

Wills

It is important for everyone to have a will to ensure that their wishes are carried out.  A properly drafted will go a long way to avoiding disputes over your estate. The starting point is to identify all of your assets and liabilities.

You then need to consider who will be the executor of your will.  The executor needs to be a person you can trust to carry out your wishes.  The best executor is a person who knows you well and knows the other members of your family.

Most people have a will. If a person passes away without one however, the law prescribes who will be the beneficiaries of the estate and the process is then similar to that where a will does exist. This of course may not be in line with your wishes.  We can assist you in making a simple effective will.

Estate Administration

We assist families where a loved one has passed away with compassion as we appreciate the grief and possible difficulties they are facing.

We will take care of the legal steps necessary after a person has passed away from the application for probate (if necessary) to the final distribution of the estate. Such services involve dealing with the estate in accordance with the terms of the will or if there is no will as required by the law.

Will disputes and Litigation

Our firm is experienced in providing assistance to an executor or disappointed beneficiary in relation to upholding or contesting a will.

There are few situations in life as emotionally charged as when faced with having to dispute or defend a will. We believe that above all else, our experience will provide you with invaluable protection as we guide you along the path to resolution.

To ensure the most favourable outcome for you, we will listen to you, we will thoroughly investigate your case, and only when we have a firm grasp will we advise you of the legal reality and what appropriate action can be taken.

Our experience includes:

Enduring Powers of Attorney

Enduring powers of attorney are common and are available free online. 

However, our team can help you understand the legal issues underlying the rights that can be granted an enduring power of attorney and tailor the document to meet your specific requirements.

The essential difference between an enduring power of attorney and an ordinary power of attorney is that an enduring power of attorney can be used even after the person granting the power of attorney loses mental capacity. 

Wills & Estates
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