Wills & Estates

Wills

Your Will is an extremely important document that must be carefully drafted and stored in a secure location. A badly written or damaged Will may be contested after you have passed away, and your estate may not be distributed as you had hoped.

We can draft your Will based on your instructions and provide advice where necessary about any legal issues which may arise after your death. You can either choose to take the original Will with you, or have it stored in our safe for safe keeping at no additional charge.

Enduring Power of Attorney documents

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document that can be drafted to legally appoint a person or several people (your Attorneys) to make decisions for you in relation to financial and/or personal/health matters. This document can take effect immediately, on a particular date, or at a later stage in your life when you do not have the capacity to make decisions yourself.

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document that people commonly have drafted at the same time as they draft their Wills and we offer a discount to have the Will and Enduring Power of Attorney documents drafted at the same time.

If you already have an Enduring Power of Attorney document, and need the document to be registered for any reason, please call us to discuss this process and how we can assist you with this.

Costs

Please find below our costs for simple Wills and Enduring Power of Attorney documents. If your matter is complex or involves complex estate assets, we reserve the right to charge additional fees. Any potential additional fees will be discussed with you prior to us drafting your documents.

Single Will: $220.00
Single Enduring Power of Attorney: $165.00
Single Will and Enduring Power of Attorney: $330.00
Reciprocal Wills (2 documents): $330.00
Reciprocal Wills and Enduring Power of Attorney documents (4 documents): $440.00

Reciprocal Wills are individual Wills drafted to ensure that an individual’s estate is left to their partner and in the event that their partner passes away prior to the individual or at the same time, these type of wills provide for the individual’s estate to be distributed to other individuals.

Estate Distribution

We understand that coping with the death of a loved one can be an extremely difficult process. The task of then also distributing their estate in accordance with their Will can potentially be very overwhelming.

We can assist you in distributing the estate in accordance with the Will of the deceased, transferring a Title from joint names to your sole name, or if necessary, prepare the documents needed to apply for a Grant of Probate in Queensland. In Queensland, a Grant of Probate, issued by the Supreme Court of Queensland, is generally required before banks, share companies and other businesses will release estate money to the Executor.

If you have any questions or concerns about the estate of a loved one, please contact our office to discuss your matter in detail.

Contested Estates

Have you been left out of a Will? In Queensland, if a person has been left without adequate provision from a deceased estate, they can contest the Will. In Queensland, the legal terminology for this kind of matter is a “Family Provision Claim”.

There are a number of legal requirements that must be met in order for a person to successfully contest a Will. We can assist you in obtaining a copy of the Will or dealing with situations in which there is no Will, determining your eligibility and advising you on the evidence the Court takes into consideration in Queensland in Family Provision Applications.

There are important time limits involved in making a Family Provision Application and if you think that you may be eligible, we encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible in order that we may assist you.