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Deceased Estates Lawyers & Wills Lawyers in Melbourne

The last thing that people want when a loved one dies is a fight over money.

That’s why at Testart Family Lawyers, our deceased estate lawyers & wills lawyers know how important estate and succession planning is.

It is estimated that nearly half of all Australians die without a will. We encourage our clients to work with accountants and financial planners to avoid the problems which arise when somebody dies intestate. Whether it’s a matter of a simple will or an enduring power of attorney, our deceased estates Lawyers and wills Lawyers in Melbourne can help you and your family get your affairs in order.

If there is an argument over property after a loved one dies, we can represent your interest in court with all of the care and attention it deserves. Our deceased estates Lawyers and wills Lawyers in Melbourne handle all disputes involving wills and estates, testator’s family maintenance claims, and matters arising under Part IV of the Administration and Probate Act (Vic) 1958.

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FAQs: Wills & Deceased Estates

What is a will?

A will is a legal document that determines how a person’s property will be distributed after they pass away.

Do I need a will?

Anyone who is over the age of 18 can draw up a will. If you have children or own assets it’s advisable that you create a will with the help of a will lawyer in Melbourne as soon as possible to ensure that your property is distributed according to your intentions after your death.

Having a properly drawn up by a Melbourne will lawyer will ensure that this happens as easily, affordably and tax efficiently as possible.

What if I die without creating a will?

If you die without a will (otherwise known as dying intestate) your family will be required to make an application to the Supreme Court to distribute your assets using a predetermined formula.

In most cases your assets will pass to your spouse or children. If you have no spouse or children, or children from different marriages, the situation can become very complex.

How can a will lawyer in Melbourne help?

It’s advisable to seek legal advice from a Melbourne will lawyer when drawing up a will as the laws around estates can be quite complex, and making a mistake can have serious long term consequences.

Testart’s Melbourne will lawyers can help ensure your will is drawn up correctly, advise you on tax matters, explain different types of property ownership, answer any questions you may have and ensure your wishes are properly documented.

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