Wills & Estates
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Estate Planning & Estate Administration
Estate planning is the process of ensuring that when the time is right your wealth is transferred in accordance with your wishes. Proper estate planning is required to protect vulnerable family members and to minimise the risk of losing valuable assets. Proper estate planning also includes strategies such as:
Superannuation binding death benefit nominations;
Securing succession to the role of trustee and appointor for trusts in the event of death or incapacity; and
Securing control of companies and partnership interests in the event of death or incapacity.
Estate administration is the process of administering the estate of a deceased person in accordance with their Will or in the absence of a Will in accordance with the Rules of Intestacy.
"Paula’s efficient work and attention to detail made it an absolute pleasure working with her finalising my father’s estate, a time that can be very stressful."
Single Person Standard Will - $880.00 (inc GST)
Couples Standard Wills - $1,550.00 (inc GST)
ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY (EPA)
Single Person EPA - $440.00 (inc GST)
Couples EPA - $660.00 (inc GST)
PRICES FOR PACKS
Single Person Standard WILL & EPA - $990.00 (inc GST)
Couples Standard WILLS & EPAS - $1,660.00 (inc GST)
Areas of Practice
In a time of extended families, superannuation, life insurance, or remarriage, you need to know what the law is and how best to arrange your affairs so that the assets you have worked so hard to acquire are protected for you, your spouse and/or your family.
Having a valid Will is the best way to safeguard your assets and ensure that once you pass away your family members are properly provided for. The likelihood of an estate dispute occurring is also reduced.
The cost of doing a Will or Enduring Power of Attorney is insignificant in comparison to the costs, delay and possible trauma suffered by the family if you die without a valid Will.
A trust agreement is a document that follows your wishes for property held in trust for your beneficiaries.
Common objectives for trusts are to reduce the estate tax liability, to protect property in your estate, and to avoid probate.
Our experienced Succession Law team can guide executors through the administration process of a deceased’s estate.
This may involve liaising with financial institutions, superannuation funds and life insurance companies, transferring property, shares and other assets to beneficiaries, applying to the Supreme Court for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
Our experienced Succession Law team can assist and guide you in complex estate dispute matters, including challenging a will (or defending it), claims for inadequate provision in a will, contests about the mental capacity of a testator or undue influence on the testator when making a will.
ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY
An Enduring Power of Attorney is used to appoint someone to make financial and/or personal/health decisions on your behalf. Decisions regarding your personal/health matters will not begin until you are incapable of making those decisions for yourself.
For financial decisions, you can nominate whether you want the attorney to begin making financial decisions for you straight away or at some other date or occasion, such as once you’ve lost capacity to make these decisions.
An advanced health directive —sometimes called a living will—is a formal way to give instructions about your future health care. It comes into effect only if your cognitive health deteriorates and you become unable to make your own decisions.
It outlines the medical treatment or health care you want, enables you to appoint an attorney for health and personal matters and includes information that health professionals should know including religious, spiritual or cultural beliefs.