• Do you have a valid will?
• Have you been named as an executor in a will?
• Do you know the legal obligations that an executor of an estate must follow?
• Do you know how to apply for a grant of probate or what to do after probate has been granted?
• Do you what to do if the deceased did not have a will; that is was intestate?
• Do you know how to apply for Letters of Administration or what to do after Letters of Administration has been granted?
• Do you know what family provision is or how to make a family provision claim?
There are many aspects to consider before preparing a will, including:
• The identity, nature and location of the assets or property that you want to gift.
• Who is to receive each gift (the beneficiaries).
• Who is to manage your estate (the executor).
• Your funeral wishes regarding type of ceremony, whether a burial or cremation and location.
• The guardian who you want to care for your dependent children.
• Future changes in your marital status.
• The witnesses of your will. You may prevent a beneficiary receiving a gift from your estate by asking them to be a witness for your will.
If you have been unfairly treated in a will, we can assist you in making a family provision claim (ie. challenge the unfair will). Time limits do apply so do not delay in seeking legal advice. Call Bainbridge Legal probate lawyers now.
A power of attorney is a document that enables a person to be appointed to manage your financial and legal affairs should you be unable or lack capacity to deal with your affairs. Your Attorney can be authorised to deal with your property, bank accounts, shares and also sign documents on your behalf.