Henry Lawyers only practises in Wills and Estates, it’s all we do and we do it well.
We focus on protecting the inheritance you want to leave to your loved ones, whether this be before or after you have died.
We do not offer our services to those who wish to exploit estates. We believe that you should be able to decide where your money goes. Unfortunately, our legal system allows certain people to contest estates and often these proceedings result in those people obtaining a gift they were not actually gifted. Our job is to create your estate plan to prevent this from happening or at least diminish the likelihood that your estate can be successfully contested.
We cover the three major components of Estate Law.
This is what you need to do before you die so that you do not leave a mess for your loved ones. We can help by:
- Drafting a Will that appoints an Executor to distribute your assets and a Guardian to take care of your children;
- Drafting a Will that incorporates a Testamentary Trust to protect your family’s inheritance against future divorce, bankruptcy or creditors;
- Implementing strategies to reduce the likelihood that your estate will be contested;
- Dealing with your real property to ensure it transfers to your loved ones automatically upon your death;
- Preparing a Memorandum of Wishes so that you can pass on instructions to those who will control your assets;
- Drafting a Mutual Will Contract so that you and your spouse’s wishes are not changed after one of you dies;
- Preparing your Enduring Power of Attorney so someone else can make important decisions for you if you are unable;
- Preparing your Binding Death Benefit Nomination so that your Superannuation goes to the right people.
This is what needs to happen after you die. If you are appointed as an Executor of a Will or a loved one dies without a Will, we can help by:
- Providing advice on what needs to be done;
- Obtaining a grant of Probate or Letters of Administration;
- Contacting banks and other institutions to close accounts;
- Arranging for the sale or transfer of shares;
- Arranging for the sale or transfer of real property;
- Distributing the estate in accordance with the Will or the laws of intestacy;
- Appropriating assets in the estate to ensure equal distribution.
This is what can happen if a Will is contested. If you are appointed as an Executor of a Will that is being contested, we can represent you to defend the application.