It does not take long to make or change a will and it could make all the difference to your family when you’re gone. Make sure your beneficiaries know who you use as your solicitor and tell your Executor that they have the job of following your wishes.
Making a will
Look at your will when some part of your living arrangements change. These include getting married, the birth of a child, moving to a new house or the acquision of some other property.
Making a will boils down to these four questions:
- What are you worth?
- Who do you want to have it next?
- Who will be your Executor (someone you trust to make that happen)?
- What can be done to make it easier and/or clearer?
Also think about where can you put your will so that people know where to find it when the time comes (and maybe, not before). We have been providing secure storage of wills since the 1950s.
Also see us about Powers of Attorney, living wills or the Appointment of Enduring Guardian
Our Will and Estate Services
We offer one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to obtain a will in the Crows Nest / North Sydney region. We can assist you with:
Drafting & updating wills;
Applying for Probate;
Assistance with claims against wills & estates
Deceased estate claims / defending deceased estates
Estate planning administration
Letters of Administration (in the event that a will is deemed invalid) and
Supreme Court estate litigation.
We always recommend keeping your will up to date as it makes distributing your estate far easier on your beneficiaries in what is already a hard enough time as it is.
Letters of Administration
In the some-what complicated event that a valid will has not been left, we can assist you with applying for Letters of Administration to the Supreme Court of NSW. In these circumstances, there is legislation that details how an estate may be distributed and by whom. The Supreme Court can appoint an Administrator to distribute the estate under the Wills, Probate and Administration Act 1898.
The Family Provision Act 1982
If you expected to be a beneficiary of a will but have not been provided for, you can make a claim against the distribution of any estate under the Family Provision Act 1982, provided you can clearly set out reasons as to why you should be considered a beneficiary of the deceased estate.
Where there is a valid will and you have been nominated as Executor of that will we can guide you to apply to the Supreme Court of NSW for a Grant of Probate. When the Supreme Court grants you that probate it authorises you to distribute the deceased’s estate in accordance with the provisions of the will.
Contact us to arrange a consultation with an experienced North Sydney Wills Lawyer.
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