Dealing with a deceased estate is one of the more difficult challenges in life. At Wills Direct we understand that you may be grieving the loss of a loved one and we pride ourselves on taking an understanding and compassionate approach. We also know that the task of wading through mountains of paper work and dealing with legal jargon and technicalities can be quite overwhelming and that emotions between family members can often run high in these situations.
Wills Direct can help you through this entire process. We will work with you to provide as much or as little assistance as you require. In particular, we can:
- Interpreting the Will of the deceased in terms of estate laws;
- Advising executors and trustees in regard to their duties and rights;
- Informing government bodies including Centrelink and Veterans Affairs and other entities;
- Applying for Probate of the Will in the Supreme Court;
- Dealing with intestacy (where there is no Will), including applying for Letters of Administration (if the Will is deemed invalid or there is no will);
- Identifying estate assets and liabilities;
- Obtaining valuations of estate property;
- Collecting in estate assets, including superannuation, bank accounts, shares, loans due, and insurance payouts;
- Selling or transferring estate assets;
- Paying estate debts, including funeral costs and other debts and arranging discharge of any mortgages;
- Advising in regard to transfer of family trusts and establishment of testamentary trusts (trusts established by will);
- Administering trust funds;
- Distributing gifts (inheritances) to beneficiaries;
- Organising information for estate tax returns and arranging preparation and lodgement;
- Family negotiation;
- Preparing or advising on Deeds of Family Arrangement (to settle disputes);
- and Contesting wills and defending estate litigation in the Supreme Court.
Contact Us to find out more or to arrange an appointment.