WILLS AND ESTATES LAWYERS GOLD COAST
If you are after Gold Coast estate and will lawyers, we have considerable practical experience in all aspects of estate law, including wills and power of attorney. We can act on behalf of the executor or the beneficiaries to help protect assets or challenge the terms of the will. You can find more information about these services and the other estate law services we provide below.
Wills & Power of Attorney
A last will and testament, along with power of attorney, form an important part of any estate plan. Together these two documents provide a level of protection for assets in both life and death allowing you to plan for the future with confidence.
However, sometimes there is a level of confusion about which of these legal documents apply at the various stages of life.
What is a will?
A will is a legal document that comes into effect after death. It allows you to decide who will inherit your assets once you pass on. You simply select who your heirs will be and how much of your estate they will receive upon your death. A will can also be used to name a guardian for any children who are under 18 years of age.
What is power of attorney?
A power of attorney, on the other hand, is a legal document that is only valid during your lifetime. It allows another person (called the attorney) to execute financial, business and legal decisions on your behalf. All powers of attorney cease to be valid after a person's death.
Defending a will
Sometimes the executor of a will can find themselves in litigation with another friend or relative of the deceased about the distribution of assets. If you find yourself in this situation it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible to help protect the final wishes of the deceased.
As leading Gold Coast estate and will lawyers, we have the experience and expertise to help protect the assets and final wishes of the deceased. We will sit down with you to evaluate any claims made against the estate and advise you about protecting the estate's assets. Once we have evaluated the claims we will clearly lay out your options in everyday language that you can understand to help you make the right choices.
Contesting a will
Sometimes a person can die without having adequate legal protection in place or without having an up to date will which takes into account all the estate's assets. In this case, it may be necessary to contest the will to ensure that the estate’s assets are distributed fairly among family members. We can help you evaluate the contested will or estate to recommend a course of action.
It is important that you seek legal advice as quickly as possible if you feel a will is not being executed fairly. There are strict time limits in place which apply to any legal challenge to the terms of a will. So the sooner you act the better. As experienced will lawyers on the Gold Coast, we have the skills required to contest the outcome of any will to ensure the estate's assets are distributed fairly.
Once we have evaluated your case we’ll explain your available options in everyday language so you can make an intelligent decision about defending your rights and getting your fair share.