Our team of deceased estate lawyers provides a comprehensive list of services when it comes to estate planning, litigation and administration. This includes advice and one on one support when dealing with deceased estates.
In this article, we’re going to provide you with a breakdown of our list of services and links out to important articles that you can navigate to to understand what these services entail, the legal processes around them, and how we can best serve you.
How Our Deceased Estate Lawyers Can Help You
Obtaining Grants For The Supreme Court
- Applications for Grants of Probate with the Will
- Applications for Grants of Letters of Administration with the Will
- Applications for Grants of Letters of Administration on Intestacy (i.e without a will)
- Applications for the recognition of informal wills as valid Wills
When someone passes away and names you as the executor of their estate or as a beneficiary in their Will, there are many obligations that come along with it and there is a lot for you to consider.
The legal documents you need to apply for will depend largely on your unique situation. Our deceased estate lawyers will help you get the application process underway and deal with the necessary legal requirements.
Here are some useful articles for you to understand your role in the entire process and what it all entails:
- Probate: A Definitive Guide To Navigating Probate in Queensland
- Can A Beneficiary Be The Executor of A Will?
- When is Grant of Probate Required or Not Required in Queensland?
Administration of Deceased Estates
- Collecting assets
- Selling assets
- Payment of debts
- Providing legal advice
- Preparation of estate accounts for the executors and beneficiaries
- Distribution of the estate in accordance with the Will or rules of intestacy
No matter the size of the estate, there is always a lot to consider when it comes to the harmonious distribution of its assets among its beneficiaries.
The complexity of modern-day estates includes defacto relationships, blended families, jointly held assets and more that make navigating the legal landscape of estate administration difficult.
Seeking legal advice early on in the process to answer questions such as when to distribute, when and how to pay creditors, who to sell assets to and what the tax implications may be can maximise the potential return.
Here are some articles that will help you understand the nuances of estate distribution according to your unique circumstances:
- Does A Spouse Automatically Inherit Everything in Queensland?
- What Happens if You Die Without A Will in Queensland?
- Claiming Executor’s Commission: What You Need To Know!
Real Estate Transactions in Deceased Estates
- Deeds of Family Arrangement
- Requests to Record Death – to record death of a joint tenant on title
- Transmission Applications – to transfer the deceased’s interests on title to the
- administrator/executor or beneficiary
- Defending estates in family provision applications
- Representing beneficiaries in family provision applications
- Bringing family provision applications against estates on behalf of disappointed beneficiaries or family members
- Challenging the validity of Wills
- Applications concerning the construction of Wills
- Recovering money owing to estates (e.g loans, compensation etc)
- Proceedings in relation to wrongful death
- Citation proceedings to remove executors from office
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult enough, let alone having to deal with any disputes that may arise when executors have to defend claims brought against them, or when someone decides to contest the validity of a Will or if lawful beneficiaries feel they have been unduly left out of a Will.
Our estate litigation services are available to protect the interests of executors and beneficiaries alike. Below you will find some informative articles that will aid you in case you find yourself in a legal dispute or feel the need to seek legal council:
- What Is A Probate Caveat In Queensland And Who Should File One?
- How Executors Should Go About Defending A Will in Queensland
- How To Handle A Co-Executor Disagreement In Queensland?
- Contesting A Will in Queensland: Everything You Need To Know
Making Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney
- Drafting Wills including testamentary trusts and protective trusts
- Drafting Enduring Powers of Attorney for financial matters and personal matters
- Drafting Advance Health Directives
- Drafting family trusts and unit trusts
- Applications to QCAT for the appointment of administrators or guardians
Estate planning is arguably the safest way of ensuring you have control over what happens to your assets in the event of your passing.
The importance of drafting the above legal documents or financial entities is something that can not be overstated. Not only will it ensure that your assets will be protected and minimise the chances of disputes occurring, but that they will be distributed according to your express wishes.
Speak to Queensland Probate’s deceased estate lawyers today about our range of legal services. Let us know more about the type of assistance you require and clarify your situation so we can walk you through how best we can help.