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Wills and Estate Law

The death of a loved one can have a devastating impact on your family. When a person dies, their property or ‘estate’ needs to be looked after in accordance with their Will. Unfortunately, this isn’t always simple, and disputes can arise.

At Shine Lawyers, we have dedicated and experienced Wills and Estate lawyers that are here to listen to your concerns and provide you with sensitive and expert legal advice for the following services:

Contesting a Will

If you have been left out of a Will or feel your interests have not been adequately addressed, you may have legal grounds for contesting a Will. For a Will to be contested, certain criteria need to be met. Strict time limits apply, so it is crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible. At Shine Lawyers, we will work efficiently and effectively to deliver practical solutions on time.

We offer No Win, No Fee* in most cases when disputing a Will, as we believe that every individual has the right to legal advice, regardless of their financial situation. Legal fees are only charged in the event of a successful outcome.

*Conditions apply

Making or Updating a Will

Preparing a Will can be complex. If you already have a Will, it is important to review this regularly to ensure it is always up-to-date. Situations that may prompt a change include marriage and divorce, the birth of children or grandchildren, the death of a beneficiary or executor, or a significant change to your financial situations or assets. Our Wills and Estate Law experts at Shine Lawyers can guide you through every step of the process to ensure your Will is legally valid and adequately reflects your wishes.

Estate Administration

Following the passing of a loved one, a person is generally appointed in the deceased’s Will as an executor, and this person is responsible for distributing the deceased’s estate as stipulated in their Will. The executor is obliged to gather the assets of the deceased, finalise any outstanding debts and conduct other duties. If the deceased does not have a Will, someone will be required to act as an administrator and the ‘Rules of Intestacy’ apply. For someone coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, this can feel like an overwhelming responsibility. Our legal experts can assist you to navigate the Estate Administration process and distribute the estate as per your obligations as an executor.

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