We provide specialised services for clients with complex requirements.
*The first invoice will accompany the draft of your standard Will
A standard Will is a legal document that enables you to determine how your ‘estate’ is to be distributed after your death. This includes your money, property, shares, investments and possessions. Having a valid Will means that you decide how you want your assets to be distributed instead of leaving it to chance.
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to nominate one or more persons (referred to as an Attorney or Attorneys) to act on your behalf for legal, financial and personal decisions. This can start when you decide and continues to be effective if you lose the ability to make your own decisions.
More and more people want to plan for their future medical treatment in case they are no longer able to make their own decisions due to illness or injury. You are able to choose a person to make your medical decisions for you if you are not able to make them yourself. This person is called your Medical Treatment Decision Maker and is appointed in a document that Maurice Blackburn can prepare for you.
A document that enables you to record your wishes for medical treatment. By completing an Advance Care Directive you can tell your medical treatment decision maker what medical treatment you want in the case of an emergency.
A Statement of Wishes is a separate document to your Will. A Statement of Wishes is not binding but can assist your executors when it comes time to administer your estate. At Maurice Blackburn, we store your Statement of Wishes with your Will so that executors have everything they need to administer your estate.
MyLife Documents® is a convenient and easy solution to estate planning.
Maurice Blackburn are expert Wills and estate lawyers, with over a century of expertise and experience.
We offer complete transparency in our pricing and take the time to explain these to you in detail in your first consultation.
The MyLife Documents™ package includes the five following legal documents:
By bundling these five legal documents, Maurice Blackburn can offer them for a great value fixed price.
The package is priced at $1,290 for singles and only $1,450 for couples.
These costs may vary if you (and/or your partner) require a complex Will (see next question).
In the case of a complex Will, the pricing is agreed with you upfront, once we’ve discussed your instructions and fully understand your wishes and circumstances. Of course, once our expert lawyer has provided you with the cost estimate you are under no obligation to proceed.
Where helpful, we can offer 60 day payment terms which commence from the drafting of your standard Will.
It is important that you obtain legal advice specific to your circumstances to make sure that your Will is legally valid and is going to give effect to your wishes regarding the way your assets are distributed.
For many people a standard Will can achieve these aims. When your family and asset circumstances are straightforward, for example, if all your children are from your current relationship or if you do not have children, then a standard Will may be suitable.
However, it is important to remember that you might not necessarily know if your situation is going to be complicated. A Maurice Blackburn lawyer will review your circumstances and advise you.
In the event that your personal circumstances lead to your Will being considered a complex Will, the team at Maurice Blackburn have the skill and experience to create a Will that meets your needs no matter how complex they may be at a reasonable cost.
A complex Will require more detailed instruction gathering and drafting than a standard Will.
There are many common scenarios that may require a complex Will.
These can include:
Maurice Blackburn can help you navigate no matter how complex and individual your circumstances and provide you with a tailored complex Will that distributes your estate as you want.
All Maurice Blackburn prepared Wills, Powers of Attorney and supplementary documents are stored securely at no cost to you. This offers additional peace of mind and security in knowing your Will can be easily located.
Your estate planning—including your MyLife Documents™—should be reviewed regularly. As a rule of thumb, every five years is recommended. However, there may be circumstances that justify more regular reviews: