Posts Tagged 'deceased estates'

Knowing Your Rights as a Beneficiary in a Will or an Estate

Have you been named as a beneficiary in someone’s will? Or were you expecting to be named in the will but found out that you were intentionally (or accidentally) left out? Either way, do you know what your rights and entitlements are? They might actually be different to what the will sets out – if you’re even able to get a copy.

When information is withheld from you, you’re more likely to be mistrustful, especially if you’ve ...

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Common Questions about Will Disputes and Estate Litigation: Part 2

It’s never easy to think about a loved one passing away. But when they do, and their estate matters need dealing with, it can be even more difficult. Children and other loved ones sometimes end up embroiled in a lawsuit, with respective agendas over the terms of the will. Unfortunately, contentions over money and inheritance can be fierce and difficult to navigate, thereby necessitating the need for expert legal representation.

The legal process can be confusing for ...

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Common Questions about Will Disputes and Estate Litigation: Part 1

Will disputes and estate litigation are often complex matters that require clear and professional understanding. Will disputes can happen due to various reasons. There are some matters that you may need to consider when planning to contest a will. 

Listed below are the common questions about estate litigation and will disputes:

What should I do if I feel I am unfairly left out of a will?

It’s always an emotional and challenging decision to contest the ...

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Contesting a Will in Queensland – Here’s What You Need to Do

Contesting a will (or challenging the administration of an estate if there was no will) can be a delicate and complex matter to resolve. The courts are quite wary and careful about interfering with the wishes of a deceased person. However, there are situations when contesting a last will is absolutely necessary, especially when a beneficiary feels they’ve been treated unfairly. This is commonly called a Family Provision Application (FPA).

Whenever someone wants to contest a will, ...

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Top 8 Forgotten Assets When You Die In Your 30’s

If you are tasked with being the Executor or Administrator of the estate of a lost loved one who left this world too soon, you know that whilst still grieving you must act in an administrative role to close out their affairs. After organising the funeral, the next step is to ascertain the lost loved one’s assets and liabilities.

Typical assets and liabilities may include, for example:

  • real estate
  • mortgages
  • cars
  • personal loans
  • cash
  • bank accounts
  • credit cards
  • furniture and household appliances
  • jewellery
  • shares and other investments
  • business holdings
  • insurance policies
  • superannuation

Determining the Liabilities ...

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