Deceased Estates and Probate

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be a very stressful time.

We understand that dealing with the estate of a loved one can be difficult and we try to support our clients at such a time. Having a professional look after the ‘paperwork’ will generally allow the grieving party to focus on their personal situation, it will also help you to deal with the questions that will inevitably come from family members and potential beneficiaries about the estate.

While litigation in Estate matters is growing and it is tempting to fight for what is “right” or what the deceased person wanted, sometimes what you need is advice about your settlement options.  We are experienced litigators ready to fight your case, but we also understand the cost of litigation both financially and emotionally and can help you to make well informed decisions regarding the administration of Estates and management of litigation or settlement negotiations surrounding Estates.

Even if there is no dispute between potential beneficiaries there will be things in regard to property, etc that will need looking after. However, if there is a dispute the executor will find this very stressful, and will need the support of a caring and competent lawyer.

If you are an executor you are entitled to obtain advice and assistance from a lawyer, and from an accountant if necessary. The reasonable costs charged by the lawyer (or accountant) will be paid by the estate, so long as it has money to pay for the advice.

If there is no will then the potential beneficiaries, and the person who has to administer the estate, will need similar help, and the cost of obtaining advice can also come out of the estate.

Clients wanting assistance with these types of situations should make an appointment to see Janis Donnelly-Coode.  There is a government scale in relation to applications for Probate or Letters of Administration, and we charge our clients in accordance with that scale.  The Public Trustee on the other hand charges a percentage of the Estate which, in almost all cases, is more than what we would charge for the same Estate.