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A deceased estate refers to the property and assets of a person who has died. This can include real estate, personal possessions, money, as well as other assets.

It is a reality that many disputes arise as a result of the administration of an estate after the death of a family member or loved one.

It is frequently the case that one or more of the spouse or children or dependants of the deceased consider that they have not been properly provided for by the last will of the deceased. Is it the last will or is it true to the deceased's wishes? Was there undue pressure while the will was being made, or a lack of mental capacity to make a will at the time?

We have the expertise to deal with these issues and may of our lawyers have dealt with similar issues with heir families and lived ones.

It is a reality that many disputes arise as a result of the administration of an estate after the death of a family member or loved one.

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Our expertise


  • Family Provision;
  • Estate Litigation;
  • Removal of executors;
  • Estate accounting & reporting;
  • Trust disputes - deed enforcement, conflicts;
  • Superannuation issues;
  • Mental Capacity claims; and
  • Equitable Claims - constructive/resulting trusts; undue influence.

A person named as executor in a Will has the responsibility to apply to the Courts for a Grant of Probate and to administer the deceased estate. This involves collecting and managing the deceased's assets, paying debts and distributing estate assets to beneficiaries. The role can be demanding and complex.

Most couples appoint each other as the executor of each other's estate, with their children acting jointly as backup executors and trustees. If children are too young to act or are not appropriate (for any reason) then third parties must be chosen as the executors or back up executors. Solicitors, accountants and family friends (preferably with business experience) are often chosen.

Applying for probate is a process involving an application to the Courts to certify the validity of a Will and to confirm the appointment and authority of the executor. Once probate is granted the executor has the power and authority to administer the estate.

Not all estates require a grant of probate, but most do.

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