At Shore Lawyers, we specialise in a range of Wills and Estate services that cater to the legal needs of individuals and families. Our areas of expertise include Probate, Letters of Administration, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Appointments of Enduring Guardians, Trusts and Estate Planning. We understand that dealing with matters involving bereavement and death can be emotionally challenging, and we approach each matter with empathy and sensitivity.
Family Provision Claims, Probate and Estate Litigation
If you have been left out of a will – you may have a claim against the estate - we can help you through the process of challenging the will.
We are expert in assisting you in bringing a claim against the estate. Our team of Wills and Estate Lawyers are experienced in all matters relating to estate litigation and approach all situation with sensitivity and care.
Sometimes a Will fails to provide for family members or dependants of the deceased or the provision left is completely inadequate to cater to the needs of a beneficiary. In that case, you may have a legitimate claim against the Estate to seek that provision be made from the Estate for your maintenance, education and advancement in life.
Sometimes the deceased is under the influence of someone who takes them to make a Will that does not reflect true wishes of the testator; or the deceased lacks the requisite legal capacity. If you believe this has happened, you may have a basis to challenge the Will. Please call us to make an appointment to discuss.
Wills, Codicils and Testamentary Trusts
Our team of experienced solicitors knows the importance of having a well-drafted will that is kept up-to-date.
In the absence of professional advice when preparing a Will, there is a risk that the Will may not comply with the law and may not be valid. In certain situations an application to the Supreme Court may be made for a statutory Will to be put in place. Issues that must be addressed to achieve a testator’s objective in the Will can cause extra work for executors, and the Estate incurring legal fees to clarify ambiguities or your Will being declared invalid, resulting in an intestacy.
As experienced litigators, we have seen the issues that are often contested in courts over Wills that do not comply with the law (including the use of DIY Will Kits), and we have the expertise to navigate these pitfalls.
For elderly or disabled clients, we can come to your home or another suitable location. If required, we can engage with your doctor to ensure that proper documentation is prepared. Call us today, to make an appointment to draft your Will.
Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration
A grant of probate or letters of administration confirms the executor’s right to distribute the estate property in accordance with the Will or the law in the absence of a Will.
A Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration must be obtained if the deceased owned real property (house/land) or if a Bank or other authority requests one to release the assets of the deceased to the Executor. Obtaining such Grant requires the filing of an application with the Supreme Court. The filing fee is charged according to a legislated scale.
Estate property is generally available to be distributed to the entitled beneficiaries within 6 months from the date of death of the deceased or 30 days from the date of publication of the Notice of Intended Distribution of the Estate, whichever is later. Estate administration may be complicated when there is a Testamentary Trust in place, particularly if such Trust is intended to be on-going after the passing of the deceased, with residuary beneficiaries taking the balance of the Trust property when the main purpose of such Trust is fulfilled. Our experienced Probate staff have assisted many Executors with the administration of Estates. Please call us to discuss whether you need to obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
Enduring Power of Attorney and General Power of Attorney
Enduring power of attorney is created with the intention that it will stay in effect if you become mentally incapacitated or otherwise unable to make decisions on your own behalf.
This legal document gives you a peace-of-mind, knowing that someone you trust, such as a family member or a good friend, can take care of your financial affairs should you not be able to, on a particular occasion or some time later in your life.
A general power of attorney may be used for a limited purpose, e.g. if you travel overseas and need assistance in Australia to deal with your assets.
Should you lose capacity, your appointed attorney can go to the bank, pay your bills, and sell your property, if needed, to take care of you.
An attorney must only act in your best interests and cannot legally use your assets for their own benefit.
Make an appointment today, with one of our lawyers to complete your Enduring Power of Attorney or General Power of Attorney, in accordance with your requirements.
Appointment of an enduring guardian provides for a person to make lifestyle, health and medical decisions for you when you are not capable of doing this for yourself.
Your Enduring Guardian may make decisions such as where you live, what services are provided to you at home or at the hospital and what medical treatment you receive. An appointment of Enduring Guardian usually comes into force when you do not have capacity to make decisions for yourself. Enduring Guardianship can also be used to give advanced healthcare directions in critical medical situations that you would otherwise not be in a position to give due to lack of ability to do so.
If there is no such instrument at a critical time, it may be that a third party will be making decisions which would be contrary to your interests. Often clients have to resort to NCAT proceedings to be able to apply for care of their loved ones. Unfortunately, they are not always successful due to the stringent requirements of that jurisdiction. We understand that such uncertainty and unnecessary expense should be avoided.
We provide expert advice to our clients on appointing an Enduring Guardian.
Call us today to discuss appointing a Guardian. We offer a discount for preparation of an Enduring Power of Attorney together with Enduring Guardianship.
Trusts (Discretionary, Fixed or Hybrid) are a useful tool in structuring your estate during your lifetime and achieving asset protection.
Effective estate planning during your lifetime by setting up Trusts can achieve tax savings and preservation of assets, in respect of vulnerable beneficiaries, for future generations or otherwise. Trusts are legal arrangements in which a Trustee holds legal title to the assets that it manages for the benefit of beneficiaries. There are different types of Trusts, including discretionary, fixed and hybrid Trusts.
In a discretionary Trust, the Trustee has discretion over how to distribute the Trust’s income and capital among the beneficiaries. This type of Trust allows flexibility and can be useful for asset protection and tax planning purposes. In a fixed Trust, each beneficiary is entitled to the specific proportion of the Trust’s income and capital which gives beneficiaries certainty of their entitlement in the Trust. A hybrid Trust combines features of a discretionary and fixed Trust.
We provide advice in asset structuring so as to enable the best outcome based on the size and complexity of the asset pool, including setting up a Trust structure that reflects your personal circumstances and wishes, giving you greater control over the distribution of your assets and liabilities during your lifetime and thereafter.
Succession Planning & Tax
It is important to consult with succession and estate planning lawyers and financial planners to create a tax savvy succession plan.
Elder Law, Elder Abuse , NCAT
Is someone you love being taken advantage of? Do they have diminished capacity and need their health or finances managed?
Sometimes a person has not anticipated how they will manage when they are very old and they have not appointed an Enduring Attorney or a Guardian. Older people are vulnerable to those who prey on them, taking advantage of their frailty.
We specialise in Elder law that covers a wide range of topics, including Estate Planning, Will preparation, provision for appropriate Testamentary Trusts, appointment of a Guardian to look after minor children should their parents pass away, appointment of an Enduring Guardian, long-term care planning, preparation of an Ensuring Power of Attorney, Advanced Healthcare Directions and Elder Abuse generally.
We are experienced in assisting with preparation of Applications for Financial Management and Applications for Guardianship to the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal and applications to have Financial Management orders reviewed.
Call us today to enquire about our services.
Hear From Our Clients
Tatiana’s knowledge and expertise in setting up trusts was superb, she attended to all the details and captured our requirements in the clauses of the deed. We are very grateful for Tatiana’s prompt attendance to our case and setting up the suitable structure to handle our family investments.
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At Shore Lawyers, we are committed to providing personalised legal services to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your matter.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get the legal support you need.