Estate Planning

Estate Planning is more than creating a simple will. It involves the process of arranging for the distribution of all of the assets a person owns or controls.

If you are seeking solid, Professional advice with any kind of Legal matter, Diamond Conway's Legal team of Accredited Lawyers can help.

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Estate Planning

Estate Planning is the process of assisting you arrive at decisions about what happens to your assets, rights and obligations, both personal and business, on death or loss of competency.
At Diamond Conway, we have a depth of experience in helping people arrive at the best decisions for themselves and their family. We prepare the right legal documents to ensure your decisions could be implemented should the need arise.

Very Effective Process

We follow a personal and very effective process that allows us to capture all your relevant background detail, objectives, issues or concerns. We outline your options for addressing specific concerns and help you arrive at decisions on what is to happen should you die or lose competency.

Over the years we have worked with people to address a very broad range of concerns. For example:

  • Business succession.
  • Tax efficiency
  • Asset protection
  • Equity between family members
  • Avoiding disputes
  • Containing the impact where a dispute is inevitable
  • Trust succession
  • Maximising superannuation benefits
  • Potential ‘Blended family’ conflicts
  • Vulnerable beneficiaries

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Collaborative Approach

Where called for, we prefer to work with your accountant or financial planner to ensure your Plan is appropriate from all perspectives.


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Quality Legal Documents

Put simply, our documents do what they are meant to do. Our Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney appointments, Enduring Guardian appointments and all other documents follow plain language principles.


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Business Succession

Many business owners hold a good deal of their wealth in their business. Ensuring that value is transferred to the right hands should the business principal die or lose competency is essential.

Without a strong business succession plan, the value can be lost. Diamond Conway have considerable experience in;

  • understanding business dynamics,
  • understanding the succession issues relevant to particular business entity arrangements, and
  • developing strategies (and the required implementation documents) that would deliver the right outcome should the need arise.

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Estate Disputes

The best estate disputes between family members are the ones that don’t happen.

When we are preparing estate plans for our clients, we look for potential problems and put forward strategies aimed at either:

  • avoiding the dispute completely, or
  • mitigating its impact on both the people you care for and the end value of the estate.

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Michaela Money/PARTNER
John Stinson/PARTNER
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Matthew Hudspeth/SOLICITOR

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The National Business Name Register
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