Wills, Contesting a Will and Estates
Parke Lawyers is a quality-assured legal practice with a team of highly qualified, experienced specialists in Wills and Estates and Litigation. Our expert team can assist with preparation of wills, powers of attorney, will disputes and administration of estates. We are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity and to providing quality, cost-effective legal services. We have, over many years of experience, developed a reputation as the leading legal firm in Wills & Estates and as a firm that gets results.
Our legal team comprises experienced, understanding and effective Wills & Estate expert lawyers. The popularity of ‘do-it-yourself will kits’ has resulted in an increase in litigation as a consequence of poorly prepared wills and the absence of safeguards. Our lawyers possess a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the issues that may give rise to legal complications. They are committed to creating a comfortable environment where you can take the time to ensure your will is professionally prepared and will protect the interests of your loved ones.
We provide legal advice and services on all matters relating to wills and estates including making or updating a will, power of attorney and estate planning, challenging or contesting a will, defending a will and assisting executors in implementing the intentions expressed in a will.
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Will Disputes & Litigation
Our probate lawyers have vast experience in will and estate disputes litigation with a strong track record of success in court. At the same time, and even when legal proceedings are issued, we are able to resolve well over 95% of probate disputes before they progress to a court hearing. A person may challenge an unfair will and, in most cases, the dispute is settled at mediation, however, strict time limits apply, so it is best to act sooner than later. Call us today on 134 134 for an obligation-free discussion.
Making a Will
A will is a legal document and must, therefore, be prepared with considerable thought and planning to minimise potential disputes amongst your close family and friends and ensure that, after your death, your property is divided in accordance with your wishes.
Updating a Will
How often do you review your will? Does your will reflect your current circumstances? Having more children, getting divorced, remarried or re-partnered are some of the changes to a person’s circumstances that may be addressed in their updated will.
Contesting a Will
If you have a close relative, partner or friend and were not provided for in their will, you may be able to contest a will or challenge the will if you believe that you are entitled to all or part of their estate. The majority of these cases are often resolved through mediation.
Defending a Will
Wills can be subject to disputes and litigation. Executors and beneficiaries in probate litigation cases require expert advice and representation to defend their interests in disputed wills and defend the manner in which the disputed wills are executed.
Wills & Estates Planning
Estates planning is an important step to ensure that your estate is well protected and your will is unlikely to be the subject of disputes. Getting expert advice on estate planning (including testamentary trusts) can eliminate disputes or litigation after your death.
Executors often require expertise help and advice in order to ensure that the management of a deceased estate is undertaken in a timely and efficient manner. This may include collection and realisation of estate assets, probate and transmission applications.
Powers of Attorney
You can give a power of attorney to one or more people to manage your financial and legal affairs. A power of attorney is a legal document in which you may specify the powers given to your appointees to act and make decisions only within those specified powers.
Superannuation death and disability benefits can be claimed or disputed. In cases where a beneficiary is not nominated or is disputed, a claim can be made by another person or persons for the payment provided they are able to substantiate their claim.
WHY CHOOSE PARKE LAWYERS
We adopt the highest standards of ethics and are focused on providing superior client service in the course of extending a range of legal services including advice and representation. Our lawyers provide personal service with attention to details and timely advice.
As a client of Parke Lawyers, you can expect our lawyers to:
- Be readily accessible.
- Take the time to listen and understand your circumstances.
- Provide you with honest assessment of your matter.
- Provide you with clear and precise advice in plain English.
- Discuss costs with you up-front.
- Seek to strengthen your case by seeking assistance from barristers and experts.
We are proud that Parke Lawyers was nominated for and awarded a number of prestigious legal profession awards. Wills and Probate Lawyers must meet the highest of practice and ethical standards, be result driven and focused on client satisfaction in order to be recognised for the awards listed below.
We are proud to have been recognised as:
- Best Family Law Firm in Australia – APAC Insider Awards.
- Law Firm of the Year Finalist for 2015.
- Best in Business Law.
- Best in Wills & Estates – Australia.
- Best Suburban Law Firm – Australia.
- Best in Practice in Conveyancing & Property Law – Australia.
OTHER AREAS OF PRACTICE
In addition to Wills, Will Disputes and Estates, Parke Lawyers offer legal services and representation to clients in a number of legal areas.
The legal practice areas include:
- Bankruptcy & Insolvency.
- Business Law.
- Commercial Litigation.
- Conveyancing & Property.
- Criminal & Traffic Law.
- Debt Collection.
- Employment Law.
- Family Law.
- Immigration Law.
- Intellectual Property.
- Local Government.