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Wills and Estate Planning

The word ‘probate’ is often thrown around when talking about the administration of a deceased person’s estate. But exactly what is probate in QLD? And do I need it? We take this opportunity to briefly outline what probate is, who gets probate and what it means.

The Courier-Mail ran a story on a case where a friend of the deceased was hoping to get the changes the deceased made to his will on a beer carton validated as his final will. Below is our summary of the case:

As much as estate solicitors go on about the importance of having a will, or having an up-to-date will, it’s not because we are bored and are seeking work – it’s because of the all too real situations we come across when we see things go wrong. Read more about a real-life situation and consequences that came as a result of not having an up-to-date will.

Without stoking the embers or fearmongering, the reality of COVID-19 and its disruption on our livelihoods is now an undisputable reality.

Have concerns about the validity of a will? Will validity disputes are inherently complex, Below we include a brief summary of the various will validity challenges.

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?

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

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.

It is the start of a new year and therefore it is the perfect time to review your will and estate plan.

Daniel Leverton was just 40 years old when he died suddenly, leaving behind two young daughters.

A ‘Will’ is a document setting out your wishes as to how you would like your assets and belongings (called your ‘estate’) to be dealt with after you die.

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Need a Copy of a Will?

If you need a copy of a Will and/or are seeking legal advice, the team at O'Connor Rudy and Garrett can assist you. We will contact you to confirm additional details and then organise contacting the required parties to secure a copy of the Will for you.