Lighten your load
When a loved one dies, you have to cope with the loss as well as make so many arrangements. At Estate First Lawyers, we understand what a difficult time this is, and our aim is to lighten your load. We help you to understand the Will and your obligations as executor. We can also help you with the legal paperwork to administer the Will and to make sure properties and other assets are transferred where they need to go, all with a minimum of fuss. This process is known as deceased estate administration. See our full range of Deceased Estate Administration services.
Getting the right advice
It is very important that you receive good legal and tax advice at this time, because there are practical tips and tax strategies that can potentially save the estate and the beneficiaries a lot of money. Executors also need advice on what they can and cannot do during the estate administration, and in what time frames, otherwise they risk being personally liable for any estate loss or incorrect transfer.
We’re here to help you
We offer an Estate Administration service in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. We will take the time to explain the process to you so that you are comfortable with each step along the way. So, no matter how large or small the estate is, we are here to help you.
Our Estate Administration Services
Our Process and Fixed-Fee Pricing
Because we focus only on estate work, we provide you with a professional estate administration service that is efficient and cost effective.
At our first meeting one of our experienced deceased estates lawyers will walk you through the process required to finalise your loved one’s affairs. We will advise you on whether you need a Grant of Probate and guide you on the paperwork that needs to be completed. Other important issues will also be discussed, such as tax effective strategies and ways to minimise your risk as an Executor. At the end of the meeting you will receive a written quote for the work to be done. Fees are fixed wherever possible.
You are under no obligation to proceed. You may also choose to do some parts of the work yourself and we are happy to provide you with guidance on those aspects as you need it.
If you are a first time client, we offer a special discount for your first consultation (up to 1.5 hours) of $295+GST.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Estate Administration?
What is the role of an Executor or Administrator of an estate?
What are the Rights and Duties of an Administrator/Executor?
Executors and Administrators have a fiduciary duty to act in good faith and in the best interests of the beneficiaries of the estate. This means that the executor / administrator must properly and promptly administer the estate and must not act in a way that benefits them at the expense of the beneficiaries.
A summary of the typical duties of an executor / administrator are listed below:
- Ensure that all estate assets are collected in;
- Paying all debts of the estate (from the deceased’s assets);
- Upholding the deceased’s wishes or promises (both inside and outside the Will);
- Upholding contractual obligations of the deceased;
- Initiating or defending legal proceedings on behalf of the deceased;
- Keeping proper accounts and receipts relating to all estate assets and debts;
- Maximising the value of the estate; and
- Distributing the estate to the correct beneficiaries.
Why choose Estate First Lawyers for estate administration?
"My husband passed away… Both of our sons and myself met with Estate First Lawyers who were very compassionate and considered in their approach. We all felt reassured by our meeting, it was all very clearly explained. I would highly recommend Estate First Lawyers. Thank you."
"I highly recommend Estate First Lawyers. My experience there has been very positive. The lawyer that I met with was very professional and efficient and gave good advice. They were very helpful and kind, especially at a time when my husband had just died."
"All care, concern and respect was shown which made the experience a more comfortable experience, given the sadness surrounding the purpose of the visits."
"I wish to thank you and your team at Estate First Lawyers, for your help and guidance in dealing with and finalising The estate. I think we made the right decisions to minimise outgoings from the estate, thereby delivering the best outcome for his beneficiaries. May I wish you and your team all the best for the future."