Wills, Estate Planning & Deceased Estates Melbourne

Have you ever thought about what would happen to your assets if you were to pass away?

Or who would make financial and medical decisions for you if you did not have the capacity?

These questions are why Wills, Powers of Attorney & Estate Planning are vital for anyone that wants to protect themselves and their loved ones in times of uncertainty.

Our commitment is to assist you through the entire process. By understanding your needs, concerns and objectives, we can assist you in planning for your and your family's future..

Why is a Will Important?

We can assist in applying for Probate or Letters of Administration, the administration, management and distribution of Deceased Estates, and, if needed, provide you with advice on any disputes that may arise over either your own or a loved one’s estate.

Our legal experts understand the sensitivities in this area and are here to help guide you through the process. Goldsmiths Lawyers is prepared to provide you with advice on any of the areas below.

Who Should Create a Will?

Many people believe that only the wealthy or the elderly need to create a Will – but this is a common misconception. The reality is that any adult, regardless of age, marital status, or wealth, should consider creating a Will. This includes:

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  • Creation of a Will.
  • Testamentary Trusts.
  • Protection of Assets.
  • Complex succession planning.
  • Discretionary Trusts.
  • Superannuation Binding Nominations.
  • Power of Attorney.
  • Appointment of Medical Treatment Decision Maker.
Estate Management & Estate Distribution
  • Probate.
  • Letters of Administration
  • Reseal Applications.
  • Exemplification Applications.
  • Administration of Deceased Estates
  • Complex Estates.
  • Property Transfers.
  • Survivorship Applications.
  • Deeds of Family Arrangement.
Will & Estate Disputes
  • Family Estate Disputes.
  • Contesting a Will.
  • Family Maintenance Claim.
  • Testator Capacity.
  • Undue Influence.
  • Guardianship and Administration matters at VCAT.

Goldsmiths Lawyers is a reputable law firm with a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional legal services in Victoria. One of our areas of expertise is Estate Planning, including drafting simple Wills, complex testamentary trust Wills, Powers of Attorney, and superannuation Binding Death Benefit Nominations for Self-Managed Super Funds. Our team of seasoned lawyers has assisted numerous clients in planning and protecting their assets, ensuring the well-being of their loved ones after they pass away.

Recognising the sensitive nature of Estate Planning, Goldsmiths Lawyers offers personalised service, paying close attention to our clients and their loved ones’ unique needs and concerns. Our lawyers work closely with clients to develop and execute customised estate plans that reflect their wishes and maximise their assets’ benefits for their beneficiaries.

Additionally, Goldsmiths Lawyers offers comprehensive legal assistance in the administration of Deceased Estates, ensuring a seamless and efficient process. Our team can assist you in the following: Probate applications, Letters of Administration, Management & Distribution of Deceased Estates, Survivorship applications and other property transfers, Estate Disputes, Contesting a Will, and Family Maintenance Claims.

Whether drafting a Will, establishing trusts, Powers of Attorney or administering a Deceased Estate, Goldsmiths Lawyers provides expert legal counsel, ensuring the peace of mind of our clients during the challenging time of losing a loved one. Our unwavering commitment to excellence, combined with our vast experience and exceptional legal acumen, positions us as a leading provider of Estate Planning and Deceased Estates administration services in Victoria.

Expert Lawyers Guiding You

Goldsmiths Lawyers in Melbourne are experts in Estate Planning. With years of experience, we have helped individuals to create comprehensive Wills and navigate the complicated process of administering Deceased Estates. Our team of knowledgeable Wills and Estates lawyers can guide clients through every step of the process, from identifying long-term goals to choosing the best legal structures for their assets. 

With clarity, compassion, and personalised attention, we have established a reputation for excellence in the field of Estate Planning. Whether our clients are looking to protect their assets, provide for loved ones, or ensure their final wishes are carried out, Goldsmiths Lawyers can offer comprehensive advice and guidance every step of the way. Get in touch with our team to learn more about our Estate Planning and Deceased Estates administration services in Victoria. 

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What is the difference between Wills, Estate Planning and Deceased Estates?

Estate Planning and Wills are both crucial components of any comprehensive estate plan. While people often use these terms interchangeably, there is a significant difference between the two. 

A Will is a written document in which an individual outlines how they would like their assets to be distributed after their death. On the other hand, Estate Planning is the process of strategising about how to manage  assets during a person's lifetime and pass them on after they pass away. Estate Planning is a broader concept that encompasses more than just the distribution of assets, including matters such as tax planning, guardianship for minors, powers of attorney and healthcare directives. 

Wills and Estate Planning include all aspects of planning while the client is still alive, such as: preparation of a Will (simple and complex), Powers of Attorney, superannuation Binding Death Benefit Nominations, asset protection, tax planning and Guardianship & Administration matters at VCAT.

Deceased Estates refer to all aspects of administration of an estate after someone dies, such as: Applying for Probate or Letters of Administration, Management & Distribution of the estate, Survivorship applications and other property transfers, Estate Disputes, Contesting a Will, and Family Maintenance Claims. 

To ensure that your estate plan is comprehensive and legally sound and is executed as such, it is recommended that you consult with Wills and Estates lawyers. They can advise on the best strategies for achieving your goals and ensuring that your assets end up in the hands of your chosen beneficiaries.

Do I really need a Will?

Having a Will is an essential component of any well-rounded estate plan. While it may not be at the forefront of your mind, it’s important to remember that having a Will demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to think about what will happen after you’re gone. By outlining your wishes in a Will, you have the opportunity to appoint the executor of your estate, specify how your assets will be distributed, and provide directions for any final wishes you may have. 

Having a Will is important for everyone, no matter what your age, occupation, or assets may be. A Will ensures that your wishes are carried out after your death. It also reduces the risk of disputes among family members and loved ones. Without a Will, the current legislation at the time of death will determine who inherits your assets, which may not align with your wishes.

Consulting a Wills and Estates lawyer at Goldsmiths Lawyers can help you navigate the complex process of creating a valid Will to ensure that your wishes are respected and your legacy is protected. Creating a Will also protects your loved ones in the event of your passing. Whether you’re young or old, it’s always a good time to start thinking about your estate plan and whether a Will should be a part of it. 

Do I really need a lawyer to execute a Will or administer an estate?

When it comes to executing a Will or administering a Deceased Estate, many people believe that they can handle everything on their own.

However, the reality is that the legal process involved in these matters can be complex and confusing without the guidance of a qualified lawyer. Wills and Estates lawyers have the experience and knowledge needed to ensure that your wishes are carried out in the most effective way possible. They can help you navigate the legal system, provide advice on tax implications, and help you avoid costly mistakes. While it may be tempting to try to do everything yourself, seeking the help of a lawyer can give you peace of mind.

Get in touch to learn more about our expert legal services in Estate Planning, Wills, and Deceased Estates administration. Our team of seasoned lawyers is here to guide you through the process with sensitivity, compassion, and unparalleled legal expertise.

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Goldsmiths Lawyers is conveniently located close to Melbourne's Court precinct at:
52-54 Rosslyn Street,
West Melbourne VIC 3003