Estate Lawyers in Brisbane
It has been estimated that only 30% of your wealth will actually get to the second level of your beneficiaries (such as your grandchildren). This is largely due to poor estate planning. The good news is that you can significantly reduce the risk of this occurring with a properly drafted Will made by a Wills Lawyer who has a strong depth of knowledge in Queensland succession law and who knows how to minimise the risks of estate attacks after you pass away. These risks include claims regarding your capacity, ambiguity in how gifts were drafted in the will and estate claims by persons wanting a piece of your inheritance.
Feel at ease with Estate First Lawyers knowing your assets are protected to the full extent possible so that they have the best chance of being distributed as you intended in the event of your death or incapacity.
Estate First® Lawyers in Brisbane can provide you with expert, personalised, and friendly legal advice for your Will and all your estate planning needs generally. For advice on Wills and Estates in Brisbane, call us today on 1300 132 567 or submit an enquiry online.
Wills Experts in Brisbane
A valid, well-drafted Will and Will strategy is the smartest method for you to secure your assets for the future benefit of your loved ones after your death. Many clients ask us about cheap “write your own will kits”. As succession lawyers we see the number of these Will kits battled out in the Courts due to poor drafting. They end up costing far more than a Will drafted by a Wills Lawyer.
If you don’t have a Will at all, your assets will pass to people as specified under the Queensland succession rules, which may not be at all what you wanted. It also adds costs to the estate administration process after you pass away, as Letters of Administration will need to be applied for with the court and this process is usually more involved than if you have a well drafted Will and only require a grant of probate.
Our Wills and Estates lawyers in Brisbane will assist you in creating a valid and legally compliant Will that satisfies all of the statutory and common law requirements of Queensland’s succession laws. We can also collaborate with you as to who you wish to appoint as executors. It is essential for you to nominate one or more executors in your Will. They are the persons who will finalise your legal and financial matters and are responsible for making sure that your wishes are fulfilled upon your passing.
Our experienced Brisbane estate lawyers can also advise on how to minimise the likelihood of someone challenging your Will, so you will have confidence that your assets are transferred in accordance with your wishes to those you care about the most.
Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a legal document where you select somebody else to make important decisions on your behalf. A general Power of Attorney differs from an Enduring Power of Attorney in two key respects. Firstly, the general power of attorney only allows your selected substitute decision maker to make decisions on your behalf for your financial affairs, whereas an Enduring Power of Attorney can be made to cover your personal/health affairs as well as your financial affairs. Secondly, the authority of your nominated substitute decision makers in the general Power of Attorney ends if and when you as the Principal (ie the person making the power of attorney) loses mental capacity. The Enduring Power of Attorney, on the other hand, allows the decision makers to continue to act on your behalf now that you are unable to make such decisions yourself due to your cognitive impairment.
Enduring Power of Attorney
With an Enduring Power of Attorney you can designate one or more trusted individuals to make personal/health and financial decisions on your behalf. The decision making power for personal/health decisions can only start on your incapacity, however you can specify when the financial power is to begin so it could, for example, start immediately, or on an event, such as your incapacity. You can also restrict the authority of the individuals you select as your decision makers, or put conditions on their power, such as not selling your home unless it is required for your care, or allowing a relative to remain living in your home at less than market value rent, and so on.
Any Power of Attorney must be signed while you still have legal capacity. You can also revoke a Power of Attorney at any time, whilst you still have the capacity to do so. Our lawyers can support you in making the right choices and decisions if you require guidance on Enduring Powers of Attorney in Queensland.
Advance Care Directives
These documents differ between Australian states but broadly speaking they are a document where you specify your wishes regarding medical treatment particularly at the end of life stage. The document applies where you cannot communicate your wishes due to cognitive impairment and so act as an important communication to family and medical support on what you would want in certain circumstances. Contact us today on 1300 132 567 or submit an enquiry online for an initial consultation about your wills and estate legal matters in Brisbane.
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- Inheritance Agreements
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- Special Disability Trusts
- Tax Strategies
- Testamentary Trust Wills
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Meet With Your Lawyer
Whether we meet virtually or face to face, we will listen, answer your questions, craft your estate plan and provide you with a fixed fee quote.
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Final Document Meeting
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Level 10, 9 Sherwood Rd, Toowong, Queensland, 4066
Parking: Our office is located in the commercial tower above the Toowong Village Shopping Centre. Ample parking is available.