Estate Planning at Sydney Wills Lawyers, is an area of our lawyers expertise! See below the services we offer, including Powers of Attorney, Wills, Guardianships and Asset Protection. Many elderly relatives rely on their families in old age. At Sydney Wills Lawyers we can help advise you on a number of relevant legal matters, including … Continue reading Importance of Estate Planning
An inheritance dispute case, that was a recent decision of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, highlights the issues that can arise when challenging an inheritance where the main asset is the family home. In Manning v Matsen  NSWSC 1801- a brother and sister fought over their entitlement to their family home after … Continue reading Inheritance Disputes
If I have a Pre-Nup with my husband and he doesn’t have a Will, does that mean I will be “left out of the Will” if anything happens to him? In Australia a pre-nuptial agreement is dealt with under the Family Law Act and referred to as a “Binding Financial Agreement.” These agreements can be … Continue reading Pre-Nup – Left Out Of The Will
A Deed of Variation is a legal document that changes the terms of a person’s Will after their death. Why would you need a Deed of Variation? There are several reasons why the beneficiaries to a Will may wish to change the terms of the Will. In all Australian States it is possible for eligible … Continue reading Deed of Variation
An “Uncontested Application” requires expert legal advice from a lawyer who deals in Estate Litigation. When a person dies, there is a legal process that needs to be followed to allow their assets and liabilities to be administered. This process is referred to as a Grant of Probate and it requires the making of a … Continue reading Uncontested Application!
A Will is not a public document while a person is alive. When a person dies there are a number of people who are entitled to see a copy of the deceased’s Will. This includes: Any person named or referred to in the Will whether as a beneficiary or not; Any person named or referred … Continue reading Is a Will a Public Document?
What is an Inheritance Dispute? When people talk about an Inheritance Dispute, they are generally talking about a family provision claim under the New South Wales Succession Act. Under the Succession Act eligible people are able to make a family provision claim if they believe that they have been unfairly treated in a Will. Eligible … Continue reading Inheritance Dispute and a Contested Will
A common issue that can arise in a Will claim is the danger that the Court may issue a Grant of Probate of a deceased’s Will, which allows the Executor to start distributing the assets to the beneficiaries listed in the Will. To stop this happening, it is possible to lodge a Caveat with the … Continue reading Stopping Probate using a Caveat in a Will Claim
Applying for a caveatfor an incorrectly executed Will is possible. In New South Wales to be valid, a Will needs to be signed by the person making the Will in front of two witnesses. If you believe that a Will has been incorrectly executed, you need to act quickly to protect your position and your … Continue reading Caveat for an Incorrectly Executed Will
Celebrity Wills – What do James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Anna Nicole Smith, Robin Williams and Gary Coleman all have in common? All of the Wills left behind by these Celebrities were contested and challenged! Families, ex-wives, sibling rivalry… nothing is off limits! But when it comes down to it, isn’t there a bit of celebrity … Continue reading Celebrity Contested Wills