Wills & Estates
From the simplest of wills to more complicated ones which are an integrated part of you estate plan, we have extensive experience in advising and protecting our clients and their families. We can help you to ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes and at the appropriate time and that the most vulnerable amongst you loved ones are properly looked after using testamentary trusts and other special provisions.
An enduring power of attorney is a document by which you appoint one of more others to make decisions and sign documents on your behalf if you lose the legal capacity to understand the nature of such matters. Those decisions can be about financial matters as well as about health and lifestyle matters. We can guide you to make such documents which are often created at the same time as you make a will.
Estate planning generally includes doing a will, but it can involve a lot more than that, such as considering what you own, how you own of control it and what you want to happen to it when you die. Estate planning takes into consideration assets that you don’t own directly, such as those in trusts, held by companies or in super. We have great experience in helping clients to understand the full extent of such assets and how they can best plan to pass on control of them upon their death.
As well as assisting clients to obtain grants of probate and administration of deceased estates, our solicitors at Argon Law can assist executors in the process of managing estates, including getting control of and selling off estate assets, arranging for the preparation of tax returns, dealing with claims against the estate and arranging for payment of distributions to beneficiaries.
If you are a spouse, child or dependant of a deceased will maker, you are entitled to make a claim on the deceased’s estate if you haven’t been adequately provided for under the deceased’s will. At Argon Law, John and the team have sound experience in estate disputes. Please contact us if you feel you might have a claim in that regard.
If you are thinking about doing a new will, a testamentary trust in your will may be something to consider. A testamentary trust is simply a trust established under a will which doesn’t come into existence until the will maker dies. There are both tax and asset protection benefits to testamentary trusts but they are not appropriate in every situation, so you should seek specialist advice or call us and we will be happy to answer your queries.