Will making- important considerations for blended families

By |2023-11-03T02:59:33+00:00November 15th, 2023|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

Are you or a loved one part of a blended family?  Do you have a valid Will?  There is no doubt that making a Will is important for everyone and especially if you are a member of a blended family.   Blended families and where to begin?  A blended family is a family where one or [...]

Estate planning is more than just drafting a Will!

By |2023-10-27T00:58:48+00:00October 27th, 2023|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

Concerningly, over 50% of Australians don’t have a Will or estate plan. Although it may seem overwhelming to appoint an Attorney to make decisions for you if you lose capacity or appoint a guardian of your children if you die while they are still young, without proper estate planning, your loved ones will be left [...]

Understanding trusts and navigating trust disputes

By |2023-08-29T23:35:43+00:00August 28th, 2023|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

When it comes to estate planning, trusts can play an integral role in managing and allocating assets. At its core, a trust is a legal agreement where a trustee holds property for the benefit of beneficiaries. Trusts can be organised in various ways, each with its regulations and tax implications. Trusts are widely used in [...]

Unravelling the Reasons for Delays in Administering an Estate

By |2023-07-11T00:19:56+00:00July 13th, 2023|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

Beneficiaries of estates often wonder why it takes so long for an executor to administer an estate. While it may feel like a long time before you receive your inheritance, it’s essential to recognise that administering an estate is a complex process. In fact, there are common factors that contribute to delays in estate administration.  [...]

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?

By |2023-06-16T04:29:00+00:00May 24th, 2023|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

Written by: Alison Mitchell, Senior Lawyer in Wills & Estates and Practice Manager Have you ever thought about what happens to everything and everyone you care about if you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you can’t make decisions? Whilst most of us have a Will in place or have thought about making a [...]

Drafting a Will: 3 reasons why you should have a Wills & Estate lawyer do it

By |2023-03-14T06:42:30+00:00March 14th, 2023|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

Although we don’t like to think about it, none of us last forever. Therefore it’s important to get your affairs in order and create a Will, note how you wish your assets to be distributed after your death, leave instructions for your funeral and ensure your relatives are taken care of in the event of [...]

Filing a Family Provision Claim to contest a Will

By |2023-02-20T22:39:16+00:00February 20th, 2023|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

People contest a Will for several reasons. They may be beneficiaries, family members, or other parties with an interest in the estate who believe they did not receive appropriate provisions under a will. No matter the reason, it can be a complicated and emotionally taxing process. Therefore, knowing a few things is important before you [...]

Closing social media accounts as an executor

By |2023-01-03T00:23:43+00:00January 31st, 2023|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

Recent statistics show that almost 82% of Australians use social media. But what happens to these accounts when the social media user passes away? The accounts don’t just disappear. Therefore, an executor must understand how to close down social media accounts following a death.  Digital legacy  You must make decisions about their online accounts if [...]

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