So you’ve been appointed as executor of a will – What next? The death of a loved family member or friend is invariably a difficult time, and without a properly implemented estate plan, it can become an unfortunate burden on the executor of the deceased person’s estate – once again reaffirming the importance of fulsome estate planning that can minimise distress at that unfortunate time.
When you pass away without a will (valid will), you are deemed to have died intestate.
Good estate planning ensures that your assets go to the people that you want them to go to when you die.
If you are considering claiming against an estate it is important to act sooner rather than later. The court in Queensland will refuse to hear your claim if you have unexplained delays.
The Succession Act 1991 in Queensland provides that if someone is dissatisfied with the terms of a Will, or if the deceased did not have a Will and someone thinks the rules of intestacy are unfair, they can apply to the Court for ‘proper maintenance and support’ from the estate.
Daniel Leverton was just 40 years old when he died suddenly, leaving behind two young daughters.