Wills, Estates & Probate

We offer a wide range of services in succession planning, wills and powers of attorney, administration of deceased estates, and estate litigation.

Succession Planning

Careful succession planning ensures your wishes are carried out at the time of your death and that your families and other heirs are provided for as you intended. An effective succession plan can help to avoid unnecessary disagreements among family members when you pass away. Our experienced lawyers can assist you with your estate planning needs, including:

  • Simple and complex wills
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Special Disability Trusts and other specific trusts
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney (Financial and Personal)
  • Appointments of Medical Treatment Decision Maker
  • Elder law including guardianship and administration matters, and appearances before VCAT
  • Superannuation Death Benefits

Our lawyers will consider your assets, beneficiaries, the impact of your estate choices on businesses and trusts, and superannuation and life insurance issues, and will give you sound legal advice on your estate planning needs.

Probate & Deceased Estates

If you have been appointed executor under a will, navigating the processes of probate and administration can appear to be a daunting task. It is important that you seek legal expertise to help you understand and meet your obligations. Our team of experts can offer you sound legal advice and will aid you in the careful administration of a deceased estate, including: 

  • Applications for grants of probate and letters of administration
  • Administration of deceased estates including obtaining bank account proceeds, superannuation and life insurance funds, dealing with shares, and arranging property sales or transfers
  • Distribution of the estate according to the wishes of the deceased

Estate Litigation

If you are seeking to challenge a will, you are an executor defending a claim against an estate, or you are a beneficiary looking to understand your rights and entitlements, our experienced lawyers can give you the advice and assistance you need to achieve a satisfactory outcome in any estate dispute. 

Our services include:

  • Challenging the validity of a will
  • Testator family maintenance claims
  • Defending claims against an estate