Wills and Estates: Expert Legal Guidance

Ensuring your wishes are honored after you pass requires careful planning and expert legal assistance.

 

Our team of experienced solicitors is here to guide you through the intricacies of wills and estate planning. From drafting your will and appointing a Power of Attorney to handling disputed wills and contesting unfair provisions, we offer comprehensive support.

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ATA Legal: Wills and Estates

Our experienced solicitors can assist you with the preparation of your Wills, appointing Powers of Attorney (third party who is appointed on your behalf to look after your financial affairs) and appointments of Enduring Guardian.

 

We can assist in contesting a Will including applying to the Court for a Family Provision Order in circumstances where you have been treated unfairly in a Will. We utilise the expertise of leading barristers who, alongside our people, will ensure that settlement of the claim is achieved without the need of expensive and lengthy proceedings.

 

We can provide assistance in the following areas:

 

  • Preparing Wills
  • Applying for a Grant of Probate
  • Estate planning
  • Probate litigation
  • Disputed Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Appointment of Enduring Guardian

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Will Dispute Resolution

Our team is experienced in making claims under the Family Provisions Act 1982 for individuals not fully provided for under a Will, or have been left out of a Will. We are well versed with the provisions listed under the Succession Act 2006.

 

We can provide comprehensive legal advice on contested or disputed estates for an applicant seeking provision out of the Estate or seeking to defend the provision within the will which is being challenged. We are aware of the strict time restrictions associated with contesting a Will under the applicable legislation and confirm that an application must be lodged within twelve months of the date of death of the deceased. We utilise the expertise of leading barristers who alongside our people will ensure that settlement of the claim is achieved without the need of expensive and lengthy proceedings.

 

Please contact our office to organise a free consultation to provide further information.

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    Wills and Estates FAQs: Your Questions Answered.

    Our FAQ section provides answers to common questions regarding wills and estate planning. It is designed to help you understand key processes such as drafting a will, appointing a Power of Attorney, and the steps involved in contesting a will.

     

    If your question isn't covered here, please don't hesitate to contact us for more personalised advice.

    What is the process for preparing a will?

    To prepare a will, you will first consult with one of our experienced solicitors who will discuss your assets, debts, and wishes for the distribution of your estate. We then draft a will that accurately reflects your intentions, ensuring it complies with legal standards. Once the draft is prepared, we review it with you to make any necessary adjustments before you sign it in the presence of witnesses.

    How do I appoint a Power of Attorney or Enduring Guardian?

    Appointing a Power of Attorney or an Enduring Guardian involves selecting a trusted individual to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so yourself. Our team will help you understand the responsibilities involved and guide you through the legal documentation to ensure that your appointee is legally recognised and equipped to act on your behalf when required.

    What can I do if I’ve been unfairly left out of a will?

    If you believe you’ve been treated unfairly in a will, you may be eligible to contest it. We can assist you in applying for a Family Provision Order under the Family Provisions Act 1982, which allows for claims by individuals who feel inadequately provided for. We recommend acting promptly as there are strict time limits, usually within twelve months from the date of death of the deceased, to lodge such claims.

    What is involved in estate planning and why is it important?
    Estate planning involves more than just preparing a will. It includes setting up Powers of Attorney, appointing Enduring Guardians, and planning for the distribution of your assets in a manner that minimises tax implications and potential disputes. Effective estate planning ensures that your assets are protected and distributed according to your wishes, providing peace of mind to you and your loved ones.