Contesting a Will

Contesting a Will 2017-10-28T19:28:50+00:00

   

Will disputes have become all-too-common.  This can be attributed to in part to the rise of do-­it­-yourself will kits, better understanding of legal rights and the changing nature of Australian families.  Our estate lawyers have vast experience in family provision applications, general claims against deceased estates and disputes over the validity of wills.

A will typically may include a number provisions dealing with:

  • how assets are to be shared.  An asset is defined as something owned by an individual and can be financial (such as bank accounts or bonds), and physical such as a house or car
  • who is to care for any young children
  • the establishment of trusts
  • charitable donations
  • funeral instructions

Our wills & estates lawyers are based in Melbourne and service all of Victoria.  We have an outstanding record of success, with more than 95% of cases being resolved before a court hearing.  Particular emphasis is placed on representing clients at mediations to resolve disputes in a cost-effective manner.  Of course some claims ultimately need to be resolved in court, ­ where we have established a strong track record of successful outcomes.

If you have a close relative, friend or partner and have not been provided for in their will, you may have an entitlement to part of their estate.  Unfair wills can be challenged and most cases settle at mediation, often with your legal costs paid by the estate. Strict time limits apply.  Call us today for an obligation­-free discussion.

For more information on wills & estates or to discuss your circumstances with our experienced lawyers contact us today.

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