Whether you are planning ahead for your family and loved ones, or if someone in your life has passed away, our lawyers are able to assist you with all aspects of estate administration and litigation.
If you have been appointed as an executor of a Will, there are several matters you must deal with, including the transmission of estate assets into the executor’s name and dealing with tax and accounting matters for the deceased’s estate. We can assist with these matters and provide professional advice throughout the administration process.
Our Estates and Estates Planning services include:
Preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements and Health Care Directive
Incapacity Planning, including court applications for the appointment of Committee
Applications for Probate (with a Will) and Administration (without a Will) of estates of all sizes
Advice and direction around what happens if a person dies without leaving a Will
Dealing with the Public Guardian and Trustee when matters involve minor beneficiaries or elderly persons with limited capacity
In some instances where there is a Will, a person may decide that the existing Will did not make adequate provision for the proper maintenance and/or support of a spouse or child.
The Wills Estates Succession Act (“WESA”) provides that the spouse or a child of a deceased may bring forth a court application within 180 days from the date the court issues the Grant of Letters Probate.
In addition to Wills variation applications under the WESA, our Estate Litigation services include:
Contested Wills, including validity and interpretation
Trustee disputes, including executor fees and passing accounts
Unjust enrichment and trust claims