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If you feel you have been unfairly left out of a will, or that you haven’t received what you thought you were entitled to in a will, or you haven't received what you were promised from a will, you may have grounds to contest the will. This is what you will need to know if you want to contest a will in Queensland.

Under section 40 of the Succession Act 1981 (Qld), any child who is a natural child, is a child of the deceased.

So you’ve been appointed as executor of a will – What next?

You may have heard of it, but what actually is it?

The level of trust you should have in an attorney, prior to their appointment.

Who gets what, and who does what, when you die without a will?

Buying your first home……5 tips to make the process as smooth as possible

In Queensland, there was a perception for a long time that the estate covered the costs for both the successful and unsuccessful parties when claiming against the estate.

According to the world health organisation, elder abuse can be defined as single, or repeated acts, or lack of appropriate action

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.

The executor of your Will is the person (or people) you have chosen to be in charge of looking after the distribution of your assets.

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.

Before you claim against an estate, you need to ensure that you are eligible to make a claim.

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