Osborne Howell Lawyers for Wills, Estate Planning & Probate

There are good reasons to make a will with a solicitor; it can be independently kept safe and secure, it will meet the legal requirements and avoid ambiguity.  If you’re looking to avoid uncertainty with your belongings and estate, and to help ensure your wishes are upheld, choose Osborne Howell wills lawyers. 

What is a will?

A will is a legal document that only operates after death to direct how assets should be distributed. A properly drafted, up-to-date will is the only way one can be sure assets are dealt with and loved ones cared for in the way the deceased chooses. Assets might include property, cash, super, investments, business interests, valuable items such as cars or jewellery or anything else you leave behind.

Preparing a valid will with Osborne Howell Lawyers ensures you are aware of all of your options, including:

  • Who looks after the estate and acts as executor;
  • What items and assets can be left and who gets what
  • payment of debts or liabilities;
  • care of children & pets
  • burial wishes.

Why make a will?

If a person dies without making a will, the estate, assets and belongings will be divided and given to relatives by a set of rules rather than by a person’s wishes.

Creating a legally binding will ensures people pass on the assets and belongings to the people they want to.

If a will does not comply, or is ambiguous, it may become challenged and is often the cause of disputes.

 

Wills lawyer and probate solicitor in Sydney, Osborne Howell

Estate planning – not just for the wealthy

The process of planning ahead for age, incapacity and death is referred to as estate planning. Effective estate planning ensures that the wealth and assets you have accumulated over a lifetime are transferred easily and in accordance of tax obligations to the people you choose. Careful planning with the help of estate planning lawyers will help avoid unnecessary disputes, uncertainty about how assets are to be dealt with, and assist in protecting against avoidable wastage of your estate.

The cost and inconvenience of preparing an estate plan is negligible compared to the time, cost and disruption that can be caused if adequate arrangements have not been made prior to death.

Making proper arrangements, such as with funeral expenses and burial placement can also help to alleviate some of the stress loved ones may experience during a time that is naturally difficult and stressful.

Contesting a will

There are several ways in which a will may be contested. It could be alleged that;

  • The will in question was not the last will made by the deceased person
  • The will was made under duress
  • The will was tampered with after it was signed
  • The person making the will did not have the capacity to do so.

The meaning of a will may also be contested in cases of ambiguity.

Osborne Howell Lawyers are experienced in all matters of contesting a will and will be able to advise on prospects of success, costs and resolution. 

Defending a will

It can sometimes happen that after a person has died, their will may be contested.

The executor to the will, defends the claim. It’s extremely important that the executor to the will fully understands their rights and duties as they are personally attached to the claim.

Our wills & estates services include:

  • Preparing wills
  • Handling the estates of people who die without a will – intestate estates
  • Estate planning including debt and tax implications
  • Applying for a Grant of Probate
  • Applying for Letters of Administration
  • Family Provisions Act claims – acting for people left out of a will or people defending a will
  • Probate litigation
  • Contesting wills
  • Lodging caveats
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Testamentary trusts
  • Advising on rights and responsibilities as an Executor or Administrator

Straightforward Will

$440 estimate

for an individual

Initial conference with lawyer
Preparation of will
Conference with lawyer to approve
and execute will
Two copies of the will

Straightforward Will

$770 estimate

for couples

Initial conference with lawyer
Preparation of will
Conference with lawyer to approve
and execute will
Two copies of the will for each person

Blended Family Will

$600 – 1300 estimate

for an individual

Initial conference with lawyer
Preparation of will
Conference with lawyer to approve
and execute will
Two copies of the will