Incorporating a Trust into Your Estate Planning

By |2024-04-10T04:32:55+00:00April 14th, 2024|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

In the realm of estate planning, drafting a Will is often the cornerstone of ensuring your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Within the framework of a Will, however, incorporating a trust (or trusts) can offer added layers of protection, control, and flexibility. At Whyte, Just and Moore, we specialise in Wills and Estate [...]

 Avoiding the Hidden Costs: Why You Need a Will in Australia

By |2024-04-10T04:28:56+00:00March 14th, 2024|Wills and Estate Lawyers|

As a trusted law firm serving the Geelong community, we understand that thinking about one’s mortality can be uncomfortable, and this can include thinking about your Will. You might also think you do not have sufficient assets to justify making a Will. Or you might be planning to draft a Will, but it has been [...]

Will Making- Important Considerations for Blended Families

By |2024-04-10T04:22:56+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 |2024-04-10T04:21:38+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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

7 things to consider when writing a Will

By |2022-08-09T01:26:50+00:00August 9th, 2022|Publications|

Many people wonder why they should write a Will. Obviously, the number one reason to draft a one is to ensure their asset distribution interests are known. And even though people can contest wills, it’s important to note that the Courts carefully consider original Wills and why the testator made the decisions. Therefore drafting a [...]

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