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Wills & Estates Lawyers Gold Coast

Wills & Estates Gold Coast

 

Davoren Associates are the Wills and Estate Lawyers you can trust

As Gold Coast Lawyers who have been in business for over 30 years, you can be sure we have the experience to provide quality legal Wills and Estate advice.

Importance of Legal Will

It is vital to you, and your family, to understand the importance of a legal Will. Legal Wills make sure your assets will pass to those family members and friends that you intend to benefit. You can nominate a Trustee to administer your affairs, a Guardian to take care of any infant children, and give your personal effects and family heirlooms to loved ones upon your death. You can also nominate your burial or cremation wishes.

Without a legal Will, your Estate is managed according to the Successions Act and your personal wishes, in most cases, will not be met. Legal Wills also assist your family, who will know exactly what your wishes are, easing the burden on them during their difficult time. Most Wills are relatively simple to prepare and incur only a small fee, however, extensive Wills can be prepared including Testamentary Trusts, Estate Planning and Tax minimisation in large estates.

Managing the Estate of a deceased family member can be harrowing. Our Wills & Estate Lawyers can assist in the prompt and careful distribution of assets to the beneficiaries. We have extensive experience in managing Estates including obtaining Probate or Letters of Administration, distributing assets and finalising affairs.

Enduring Power of Attorney

At Davoren Associates, our lawyers know it is important that you have an Enduring Power of Attorney. An enduring power of attorney provides you with the ability to give a trusted person the authority to make decisions on your behalf about financial and/or health matters. An enduring power of attorney is very effective in the event that you are not able to manage your own affairs (for example if you have a stroke or are in a hospital or you are overseas and need to sell the property). It will be necessary to appoint an Attorney to do this for you, this can be done by making an enduring power of attorney.

Our experienced solicitors can discuss with you how you can limit the powers you give to your attorney and how your attorney is to manage your affairs on your behalf. You can nominate when you would like for your Enduring Power of Attorney to commence for example immediately or upon you losing capacity.

At Davoren Associates, we understand making an enduring power of attorney, will avoid significant difficulties when your family are required to make decisions about your assets and medical care if you are unable to make the decisions. If something should happen to you and you do not have an enduring power of attorney your family members will not have the legal ability to make the necessary decisions regarding your welfare without having to apply to a Tribunal for an order appointing them as Attorney/Guardian.

Your Will does not cover circumstances that may arise if you become incapacitated and need assistance. Your will only applies when you die. Your Attorney is different to the  Executor mentioned in your Will, however, you can appoint the same person for both positions if you wish. An enduring power of attorney is only effective whilst you are alive and your Will is only effective once you have died. At Davoren Associates, our experienced lawyers can help guide you through the legalities of an Enduring Power of Attorney and assist you in making the right choices. Contact our experienced solicitors now to organise an appointment.

Advance in health directive

An Advance Health Directive allows you to communicate your wishes about what medical treatment you may or may not want in the event you are unable to make the decisions for yourself, i.e whether or not you wish to be resuscitated, have blood transfusions, be put on life support (mechanical ventilation), involuntary feeing and antibiotics.  It takes the burden off your family or close friends to make these decisions without knowing your wishes.

Advance Health Directives should be made in addition to your Enduring Power of Attorney as the Advance Health Directive details your specific wishes in relation to health matters.  Powers given, under a Power of Attorney for health matters are limited and do not allow for decisions to be made to either continue or withhold life-sustaining treatment.

Estates and Estate Disputes

We understand the stress and uncertainty that the passing of a loved one can bring to a family. It can be a trying time for all involved, that's why it is essential to seek quality legal advice before administering the estate.

This is especially important if you have been appointed as Executor of the deceased’s Will. If you have been appointed an Executor of an Estate you are responsible for the oversight of its administration and the Estate must be administered in a prudent manner which serves the best interests of the beneficiaries. If the deceased died without leaving a Will (or a valid Will), the deceased is said to have died Intestate. If this occurred, then the rules of Intestacy will apply to the distribution of the Estate.

Our experienced Estate Lawyers have extensive experience in managing Estate or Intestate Estates including the prompt collection of all assets, careful distribution of assets to the beneficiaries pursuant to the Will (or in accordance with the rules of Intestacy) and finalising the affairs of the Estate.

Don't wait, contact us today!

We are able to assist you in bringing an application against an Estate or assist in defending a claim against an Estate if you are an Executor or a beneficiary of a Will being contested. Our solicitor team has extensive knowledge of Wills and Estate disputes and will be able to provide you with up to date and helpful advice in your time of need.

You may have many issues to discuss with our solicitors and we would encourage you to make an appointment.

Areas of Expertise

Preparation of Wills
Preparation of Memorandum of Wishes
Testamentary Trusts
Assisting Executors to administer Estates
Obtaining Probate or Letters of Administration     Enduring Power of Attorney                                        Advance Health Directive

Key Personnel

Email: Michael Coman, Partner

Email: Linda SantosSolicitor 


  


Whatever your legal query, contact Davoren Associates or visit our Mermaid Beach office to obtain solid advice at a reasonable price.