Withnalls can assist you in all areas of Wills and Estate work.
why do i need to make a will?
By making a Will you decide how your assets will be distributed after your death, and who will administer your estate. After your death, your assets are frozen until the Probate Court issues a certificate called a ‘Grant of Probate’ which confirms that you have left a valid Will, and gives your executor legal authority to deal with your assets.
If you don’t leave a Will, then State or Territory Government Law will decide who will inherit your assets, and who can administer your estate.
who should you appoint as executor and trustee?
In every Will, you must appoint an Executor or a Trustee. Who you should appoint will depend on your individual personal family circumstances.
A lawyer will charge for work done but does not charge a percentage of the value of the estate which the Public Trustee’s Office will do in the event you do not have a Will or if your will is deemed invalid.
family provision claim
Where you are related or dependent upon a deceased person at the time of death, you may have a claim under the Family Provision Act. You should see a lawyer as soon as possible to find out if you have any claim at law from a deceased estate, either where there has been no provision for you or insufficient provision for your needs.