It is of utmost importance that you have a valid and legal Will.
It ensures that, upon your death, your assets are distributed by people you trust in accordance with your wishes.
It is sometimes necessary to obtain a Grant of Probate from the Supreme Court of S.A. This is required when an Estate includes large sums of money and/or real estate.
Once Probate is granted, it legally recognises the contents of your Will and allows the Estate to be administered as per your wishes.
In some cases, Wills can be contested and determined to be invalid due to errors or omissions.
If you have a Will, it should be updated following significant life changing events including marriage, remarriage, separation, divorce, the birth of a child, the death of your partner or spouse. This will ensure that your Will continues to accurately reflect your wishes.
It is good practice to review the contents of your Will every five to seven years.
If you do not have a valid Will in operation at the time of your death, you are said to have died intestate. The Public Trustee may be appointed to manage the Estate and will charge a fee to do so. Should this occur, your true wishes may not be taken into account.
Speak to us regarding the significant discounts we offer if you need more than one Will to be drafted. Examples are situations where Wills are required by a husband and wife, couples in contemplation of marriage and those in a same sex or de facto relationship.
We offer discounted packages for Wills together with a Power Of Attorney and/or Advanced Care Directive (formerly Power of Guardianship).
The potential cost of not having a valid Will is insignificant when compared with the cost of preparing one.
Contested Estates and Inheritance Claims
You may have been inadequately provided for in a Will. Alternatively, you may have been excluded from a Will altogether.
You may have a right to challenge a Will or claim a greater portion of an Estate.
Strict time limits apply in these matters so it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Contact us with your enquiry. You will not be charged to initially speak with us. Your initial 20 minute personal or telephone consult is free of charge.