Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way
Last Will and Testament
First things first – if you don’t already have a Last Will and Testament (Will), then you need to attend to this as soon as possible.
If you die without a Will your wealth is distributed in accordance with State rules which can lead to outcomes you would never have wanted. By preparing a Will, you give your loved ones the peace of mind that you have taken care of your affairs for them.
Your Will may be current, but is it strong?
A strong Will ticks a lot of boxes.
- The Will is professionally drafted. Many Wills are ambiguous or don’t use the correct legal terminology, and later need a court to interpret it.
- The Will has been thought through for every realistic scenario that could eventuate in the future and has catered for it. For example, does your Will cater for the situation where an asset you have gifted is sold.
- The Will is likely to include testamentary trusts to give your beneficiaries tax opportunities and asset protection.
It is a well known secret amongst estate lawyers that the poorer the thought and effort in the Will, the greater the chances of it costing a six figure sum in litigation costs at the other end.
Is a Will enough?
Short answer is ‘No’. You need to cover off on assets that don’t form part of your Will, such as superannuation and jointly held assets. Your Will does not help you if you are living but incapacitated, so an Enduring Power of Attorney (and Enduring Guardian in NSW) should be put in place to safeguard your interests in the event of any future incapacity. When you attend your first consultation with us, we will go through everything that you need so that your affairs are in order – we call it an ‘estate plan’. A good estate plan covers all of your wealth and safeguards your wishes on incapacity.
Make sure you have a strong Will
When you meet with one of our experienced wills and estates lawyers, we will provide you with solutions on how best to do your Will, based on your particular circumstances. We are experts in drafting Wills from simple to complex. At our first meeting, you will also receive a no obligation fixed fee quote for the work to be done.
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Our unique ‘4 easy steps’ makes the process easy
Expert Estate Planning with Fixed Fees
Meet With Your Lawyer
Whether we meet virtually or face to face, we will listen, answer your questions, craft your estate plan and provide you with a fixed fee quote.
We’ll Keep You Updated
You will receive draft documents to review. You can discuss your plan with us at any time you want.
Final Document Meeting
We will go through all of your final documents together to ensure the plan is exactly what you want.
Frequently Asked Questions
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