Wills & Estates

Our highly experienced team of lawyers and paralegals can offer expert assistance in all areas of Wills & Estates law.

Call our office today on (07)5538 3688 and speak with Valmai Bannister, Manager of Wills & Estates.

Will

A will is a document that states how you would like your assets to be distributed when you pass away and the person or organisation you would like to be responsible for carrying out your wishes.

A will also provides you with the opportunity to name guardians for your children, establish a trust to provide for children, establish a trust for a person with a disability, ensure preservation of assets and give money to charitable organisations.

Power Of Attorney

A power of attorney is a formal document giving another person the authority to make legally binding decisions on your behalf.

A general power of attorney appoints someone to make financial decisions on your behalf for a specified period or event. It is used while you can still make your own decisions and ends once you are no longer able to do so.

An enduring power of attorney appoints someone to make financial, health and personal decisions on your behalf and will remain on foot if you become unable to make your own decisions due to loss of capacity.

Advance Health Directive

An advance health directive is a document that states your wishes or directions regarding your future health care for various medical conditions. It comes into effect only if you are unable to make your own decisions.

Probate

Probate is the Supreme Court of Queensland's official recognition of a will as legally valid.  A grant is a Supreme Court document that recognises someone's authority to deal with the estate of a person who has passed away.

Letters of Administration

If a person passes away without a will an application can be made to the Court for a grant of representation know as Letters of Administration.  The Court appointed administration then takes on the role of dealing with the deceased’s estate.