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In today’s world, most people possess assets at the time of their death. That’s why it’s so important to have a Will, which outlines your (legally enforceable) instructions for distributing your assets. Your executor Will ensure that your wishes are carried out. If you have not made a Will, then your possessions, property, and money will be allocated based on existing legal rules that specify who is entitled to claim your assets. It’s important to note that if you do not have a Will and no relative qualifies, then the government may take everything. That means that it is essential to leave formal instructions on how to deal with your assets after your death.
When it comes to making a Will, the rules and regulations are highly complex. People who attempt to write their wills themselves, often make common mistakes such as not being familiar with the precise requirements. They could fail to distribute all assets or to provide instructions on what to do in case a beneficiary dies, failing to consider that a dependent may have a prior claim on their assets, and not consider changing relationships (such as births, marriages, and divorces). Therefore, it’s crucial to find qualified Wills and Estates lawyers in Darwin to handle the preparation of your Will to make sure that it is legally valid and enforceable.
Death and estates
When a person dies, their property and assets are known as their estate. Estates can be handled without a Will – or when there is a Will but no executor has been appointed. In these cases, the court appoints an administrator to distribute the estate according to either the terms of the Will or if there isn’t one, the “intestacy rules”. In dealing with estates, there are specific legal procedures to follow and financial matters to sort out. Relationships are never simple, and death can make things even more complicated – especially unexpected death. If any problems arise related to inheritance issues, they may result in time-consuming and expensive court cases. Experienced Estate Solicitors know the ins and outs of such cases and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Contesting a will
If someone disputes a Will, it is imperative to appoint one of the deceased estate lawyers in Darwin to help. Someone may contest a Will for many reasons such as the Will being invalid, incorrectly drafted, or made fraudulently under duress . There may be contested Will claims against executors, beneficiaries, personal representatives, trustees, and more. Speak with your lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the possibilities and requirements of such a claim.
At Gabrielle Martin Legal, we are a small practice offering dedicated and focused Will and Estate Law Services. We use a simple approach to help you solve complex legal problems. With the experience and knowledge needed to provide legal advice and guidance in a range of situations, Gabrielle Martin Legal is a trustworthy local practice. Contact us here to discuss your needs.