At Diamond Conway, our Wills and Estates department includes two accredited specialists and other practitioners who have assisted clients in this area for over 40 years. We are renowned for our work in this area, having assisted generations of families and having run numerous successful cases. We can competently guide and advise you in all aspects of estate planning, administration and litigation.
For expert advice, call 02 9222 8000 to speak to one of our Specialist team today.
Uncontested Applications for Probate and Letters of Administration.
When someone dies leaving property in New South Wales, an application must usually be made to the Supreme Court of New South Wales (except in very small estates) for a grant of probate or letters of administration. This gives the applicant the right to administer the estate and imposes certain duties and obligations on them. If these duties are not properly fulfilled, then the executor or administrator may be held personally responsible for any loss to the beneficiaries of the estate.
We can assist you with all aspects of estate administration, including:
Contested Applications for Probate or Letters of Administration
We can assist you when there is a dispute over the application for probate or letters of administration, including disputes about:
Applications for a Court-made Will for a minor or for a person who lacks testamentary capacity
If a person is a minor or lacks capacity to make a will, and the distribution of their estate outlined in their last valid will or following the laws of intestacy (where there is no valid will) would not reflect their likely wishes, then an application can be made to the Supreme Court of New South Wales to make a will, or a new will, for them. We can offer you expert assistance with applications like this. In fact, Diamond Conway ran the first successful application for a new will to be made for a person who lacked the capacity to make one.
Certain people are eligible to make a claim to the Court for provision from an estate, if:
Other Estate Litigation
We can also assist you with all other types of estate litigation, including making or defending claims:
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 great 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 will be implemented should the need arise.
Very Effective Process
We follow a personal and very effective process that allows us to understand all your relevant background details, 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 addressed a very broad range of clients’ concerns. For example:
Where called for, we prefer to work with your accountant or financial planner to ensure your Plan is appropriate from all perspectives.
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.
Many business owners hold a good deal of their wealth in their business. It is essential to ensure that value is transferred to the right hands should the business principal die or lose competency. Without a strong business succession plan, the value can be lost. Diamond Conway has considerable experience in:
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:
Estate Planning can be a complex and emotional process, but Diamond Conway Lawyers have the expertise and understanding that will lead to the most beneficial results possible in your case.
Diamond Conway’s Wills & Estate Lawyers are:
Recent legislative changes in the field of Wills and Estates bring new challenges and complexities. Diamond Conway Lawyers have the combined knowledge and experience of a number of experts in the Wills and Estate Law field who will work to obtain the best outcome for you.
For their advice and assistance, call 02 9222 8000 today
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