What are you looking to do?
Plan my Will and estateEFFECTIVE ESTATE PLANNING
Make plans for you and your family's future. We offer an understanding helping hand. You deserve:
- stress-free consultations
- affordable payment plans
- tailored advice to your unique wishes
Manage a deceased estateCOMPREHENSIVE ESTATE SERVICES
We’ll help you gather assets, apply for probate and finalise an estate efficiently and legally. Access:
- a team of local, industry-leading lawyers
- affordable fees
- minimal administration and stress
Discuss your Will disputeWE CAN RESOLVE YOUR DISPUTE
Find the fairest solution by taking advantage of:
- local, industry-leading lawyers
- our shining track record of 98% of cases being settled out of court
- our 'no win, no fee'* policy
Let our expert estate lawyers assist you
Why a Will is so important
Creating a legal Will is the best way to make sure that the people you love most are taken care of after you leave. It's a way for you to communicate exactly how you want your estate divided up between them.
Your Will is easy to put off for another day but the process of making one is not nearly as difficult or daunting as you might think. Check out our handy 'Make-a-Will guide' and see for yourself.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers can help you write a Will that adequately expresses your wishes and is valid according to Australian law.
Contesting a Will in 4 steps
It's a simple process but preparing your case can get tricky – legally and emotionally.
We want to make things as straightforward as possible for you, so we've broken down the Will dispute process into four simple steps. Plus, we'll support you along the way.
Understanding whether you're eligible, finding the proof you need and negotiating with your opponent/s will take up most of your time. Our lawyers are skilled negotiators. That's why 98% of Maurice Blackburn's Will dispute cases are settled without going to court.
Time limits do apply, so if you want to contest a Will, get the legal advice you need right away and protect what you're entitled to.
How do probate and estate administration work together?
If you are in charge of administering someone's estate, you won’t get very far without probate. A Grant of Probate is a court order. It’s the first step to proving a Will and gaining permission for an executor of a Will to carry out their role.
In fact, banks, insurance companies and other similar organisations will probably refuse to release assets without a Grant of Probate.
Find out more about how probate affects estate administration.
What is estate planning?
Contrary to popular belief, estate planning goes beyond creating a Will. Estate planning includes your Will but is more of an overarching strategy that also covers other important decisions, such as who will have authority over health decisions and your affairs. An effective estate plan protects your assets and makes sure they are distributed exactly how you want after you pass away.
Estates, Wills and trusts are intricate areas of the law. Nationally, Maurice Blackburn lawyers understand the nuances and details that your estate plan needs to consider. Working with us will give you peace of mind that your assets are taken care of.
Read more about the top 4 considerations of effective estate planning.
What legal costs can you expect?
Investing in a lawyer doesn't have to clear your bank account.
Maurice Blackburn is committed to providing cost-effective and easy to access legal services for all Australians. We keep our fees as low as possible while making sure that you get the top advice and representation you deserve.
Every case requires a different workload but we give you the most accurate cost estimate of our legal services up front, before we start any work on your case. Plus, we are flexible on payment arrangements and always explain how our fees are calculated.
If you are considering challenging a Will, or you're defending a Will, get in touch today to find out how we can help.
Maurice Blackburn will get you the best result on a 'no win, no fee'* basis. This means that you don't pay our legal fees if we don't win your case.