We provide our clients with a broad range of assistance regarding Wills, Estates and Succession matters. We offer commercial and considered advice in relation to our clients’ own affairs, as well as their rights, obligations and interests upon the passing of a friend or family member.
We appreciate that it can be unpleasant to think about what will happen to you and your property when you are no longer able to deal with these matters yourself. However, planning for the unexpected is crucial in ensuring that your wishes are carried out, and the people who depend on you are looked after, if or when you pass away or are no longer able to care for yourself. Some of the help we offer includes:
- Preparing Wills
- Preparing Enduring Powers of Attorney;
- Preparing Advance Health Directives;
- Offering advice regarding Estate planning and asset protection;
The passing of a friend or family member is a difficult time for everybody involved, and often the last thing on people’s minds in these circumstances is dealing with their loved one’s personal or financial affairs. The reality however is that, when a person passes away, there are important administrative steps that need to be taken to ensure that their loved one’s affairs are finalised as smoothly and as quickly as possible.
We act for executors, administrators and beneficiaries in the administration of Estates (including obtaining grants of probate and letters of administration if necessary) and work to ensure that all parties are respected throughout the process.
We have a variety of services to offer
Estate Litigation and Disputes
All families are different, and the passing of a friend or family member can raise complex issues regarding the rights and obligations of a deceased person and the people involved with their Estate.
We act on behalf of clients in a broad range of disputes relating to Estates, and help our clients navigate what can be a confusing and emotional process, by ensuring that their interests are protected at all times and seeking to resolve matters as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
Our Specialised Team in Wills and Estates Law
Parents are financially responsible to support their children. Even upon separation, this obligation continues. Whilst there are mandatory obligations, parents also have options to reach an agreement about how the children are to be financially supported outside of the statutory obligations that exist.
Informal agreements are not uncommon, although they generally only work in circumstances where there remains a high level of trust between the parties.
We Specialise in Problem Solving
Spousal maintenance is money paid by a spouse (including de facto spouse) to their former spouse. It occurs in circumstances where the former partner or spouse is unable to adequately support themselves.
To be eligible for maintenance, the low/no income earner must be unable to support themselves because of their age, health, responsibility to care for a child of the relationship under 18 or some other good reason.
The law allows for couples to enter into agreements which set out how, in the event their relationship ends, their assets are to be divided between them. These agreements are formally known as “Binding Financial Agreements” but are more commonly referred to as “Financial Agreements” or “BFA’s”.
A Financial Agreement can be entered into: