We understand that death is an uncomfortable topic for most people, but it’s one we don’t shy away from because we know that proper succession planning can make life a little simpler for those you love after you die.
Whether that means deciding on guardianship of your children, funeral arrangements, or who’s in line to look after your beloved dog, Preston Law will help you set out wishes out clearly, and ensure they are legally binding, so there is no confusion or arguing after you are gone.
No matter what stage of life you’re at, we can advise and assist you with:
- preparing your Will and estate plan
- personal succession planning (including Wills, powers of attorney, powers of guardianship, tax structures, financial agreements, testamentary trusts, retirement planning)
- advanced heath care directives (to direct what medical treatment you do or don’t want)
- administering the estate of a loved one, if you have been made an executor
- disputing a Will, if you feel you haven’t been treated fairly
- defending a Will, if it is being challenged by someone else
- challenging an executor.
Visit our Cairns Wills and Estate Lawyers website for more information about our services.
Cairns Wills and Estate Lawyers is a practice group of Preston Law.
Wills & Estate Planning
Do you know when you should make and review your Will?
- When you turn 18 you should make your very first Will.
- When you buy or sell a house you should review your Will.
- When you get married you should review your Will.
- When you have children you should review your Will.
- If you become a grandparent you should review your Will.
- If you separate or get divorced you should review your Will.
- If you inherit a significant sum of money/win the lottery you should review your Will.
Simply put, every adult should have a Will and they should review it every 5 to 7 years to ensure it still reflects their wishes.
If nothing has changed, then there is no need to sign a new Will. But if you need to make changes, it makes sense to get expert legal advice, even if your estate is not complex.
A valid Will is the only way to ensure your assets and property (your “estate”) is distributed according to your wishes after your death.
Whether your situation is simple or complex, we can explain your options and help you prepare for the future.
Have you been left out of a Will, or feel a Will is unfair? Preston Law can help you deal with Will disputes, contested estates, family provision claims, and other estate disagreements and challenges.
Whether you are making a claim about the terms of a Will or acting on behalf of an estate in dispute, we will help you deal with it as efficiently and amicably as possible.
Estate administration and executorship would be a complex and confusing job at the best of times. Throw in the death of a loved one and it becomes more than just unpleasant. We’ve got experienced lawyers who will help you through the process.
Our team have administered estates in both Australia and England and have administered estates in excess of $5,000,000.00. We know how complicated administering an estate can be.
We offer a fixed fee to apply for both Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration on Intestacy and will provide you with an estimate to handle the rest of the administration process on your behalf.
Call us to speak with a lawyer or to arrange an obligation-free initial consultation.
Fixed-fees – no surprises
We know that certainty around fees is important to our clients, so we offer fixed fees for the preparation of simple Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and Advance Health Directives.
If you have a more complex estate (for example, multiple trusts, family businesses), talk to us for an estimate.
All of our estate planning services include:
- an initial meeting with an experienced solicitor, to discuss your requirements
- amendment of draft documents (if required)
- a final meeting to sign your Will (this must be done in front of suitable witnesses)
- arranging for your attorneys to sign their part of your Enduring Power of Attorney
- certified copies of your Enduring Power of Attorney, whenever you need them
- secure storage of your Will or Enduring Power of Attorney in our strongroom.
We had been procrastinating putting together our Wills. Tim and the Team at Preston Law were briefed in one phone call and the Wills were done! Preston Law get the job done.Matthew Byrne .
Tim was a fantastic and professional help when it came to my Will and assisted myself greatly.Nick Cameron .