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Our Wills & Estates lawyers can assist you when claiming further provision from a Will
Our Wills & Estates Lawyers are experienced in dealing with a range of Wills litigation. Claiming further provision from a Will can sometimes be stressful and the outcome is sometimes not what you expected.
Contesting a Will
If you have been unfairly left out of a Will or left with an unfair share, we can help you dispute, contest or challenge the Will to ensure you receive all that you deserve. We understand the process can be timely and can have an emotional toll on you and our Wills & Estates lawyers will guide you through every step of the process.
Defending a Will
If you have been named the executor of a Will, you have certain responsibilities, including defending any challenges made to the Will. You should be aware of the different types of challenges that can be made for a Will, including challenges to the validity of the Will, and Family Provision Orders.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wills and Estates
Do I need an attorney or lawyer for a will?
No, you don’t need a Wills lawyer when preparing a Will, however it is strongly recommended that you have one to avoid some common mistakes such as:
- Not signing it correctly
- Not getting a witness correctly
- Attempting to plan distribution on estates and assets they do not own.
A Will is legal document so without proper advice and guidance, your Will could be disregarded.
What do I need to bring to an attorney for a will?
Before seeing your Wills and Estates Lawyer, you should prepare the following
- Proof of identification – Concessions Card and one other form of ID (Driver’s Licence, Passport or Proof of Age Card)
- All your assets and their worth
- All your existing debts
A list of the people and their details you wish to have as your beneficiaries. Note down their full legal name, address and date of birth.
How long does it take for a will to settle?
You can expect a Will to be settled between 9-12 months after the deceased’s date of death. Some states in Australia have a different process variables that can affect the duration of probate and distribution of assets. Contact your local Wills & Estates Lawyer here.
Can I contest a will?
If you believe you are entitled to more or been left out of Will, you can contest a Will. Our experienced Wills & Estates Lawyers can help you get what you deserve.