Wills & Estates
The death of a loved one can be a difficult time for family and friends. The preparation of a clear and effective will can make the process much easier for those involved with the estate. We can assist with the preparation of wills and other related documents ranging from simple bequests to complex wills and trusts. Making a will is usually a much more straight forward process than most people expect but it is important that it is prepared properly and tailored to your needs. All the solicitors at PJ Donnellan & Co have many years experience in discussing the needs of clients and drafting wills. Simple wills are prepared for a flat fee; if your will is more complicated we will provide you with an estimate of our costs for preparing the documents. Should you also require financial advice in relation to the setting up of your estate matters we can refer you to experienced financial planners and accountants.
For those left behind we can assist in the process of dealing with the estate. This can include the obtaining of a Grant of Probate from the Supreme Court of NSW and the calling in and distribution of estate assets such as real property, bank accounts and shares. Obtaining the assistance of a lawyer can remove much of the anxiety at this difficult time and all our staff are experienced in helping executors of wills in a sympathetic manner.
Unfortunately, not all estates are clear cut or resolved by agreement. In these circumstances we can assist both executors dealing with challenges to a will, or potential beneficiaries who have missed out on their entitlements. We will always endeavour to resolve such disputes by negotiation to reduce costs and the stress of litigation, but are experienced in pursuing these matters through the court system if required to achieve the best outcome for our clients.
If we can assist you in any of the above matters please contact our office to discuss your needs with a staff member.