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Our Practice areas

Our Lawyers are highly experienced and ready to represent you in any inheritance matter. We specialise in Dispute Resolution, Mediations, Family Provision claims, Defense of an Estate from any unwarranted claim and all other Estates Dispute issues focusing on fast, positive outcomes for all parties.

Wills

A Will is a document that  explains what you want to happen to your assets after you die. These assets are called your estate and may include your house, land, car, bank accounts, jewelry, clothes, household goods or investments. A will can also deal with how your debts will be paid and from what assets. A will may also say who should look after any dependent children under the age of 18.
Will makes sure that your assets are distributed in the way you would like after you die.

At Simons Ravden we specialise in drafting of Wills to suit the specific needs of our clients. This includes Testamentary Trusts, Super allocations and independent estate divisions within a Will.

Our main focus is keeping your estate out of court after your gone. Our Estates specialist has extensive experience defending and contesting estates in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and the Hight Court of Australia, working with some of the best Barristers in the field. This enables us to understand where and how people go wrong when drafting such an important document as your Will, and all the small nuances that a non-specialist would miss. Getting it right the first time will save you money and your family any stress after your gone.

Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your estate planning needs.

 

Inheritance Disputes & Family Provision Claims

There are many reasons why a person may want to dispute and inheritance matter. You may believe that the Will was written unfairly, or your loved one was influenced into making gifts they didn’t want to make.

A person might not have had the capacity to write their Will or there may be suspicious circumstances surrounding that Will, or you just think you’ve been left out unfairly in an inheritance matter.

In the case of Ioppolo and Hesford v Conti [2013], the mother stated, in her will, that her super entitlements should go to her children. She specifically stated that she didn’t want them to go to her ex husband. However, she hadn’t received proper legal advice for her estate and SMSF and didn’t have a BDBN (Binding Death Benefit Nomination).

As a result, her ex husband was able to pay her SMSF to himself. Her children lost out on a large part of their mother’s intended estate.

Regardless of your situation, specialist wills & inheritance legal advice is essential.

Call us for a free consultation to discuss your particular situation. Read 10 reasons you need a specialist will lawyer.

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Estate Planning

A well thought out Estate Plan not only saves your family the hassle of not knowing what do with your estate but also includes Tax benefits, Superannuation directions and the protection of your families future for generations to come.

Estate planing means your family will receive most of your estate, isntead of the tax man.

There is less stress, worry and grief when your estate plan is carefully laid out. It will also reduce disputes and challenges.

Challenge or Defend a Will

Under the current laws in New South Wales you have the right to challenge Will even if you were not included in that Will. We call  this a Family Provision Claim. The reason this type of claim exists is to take a look at the circumstances of a deceased Estate and see whether you were left out because of any unfair or suspicious reasons .

Our Estates team has years of experience defending and challenging inheritance matters. Call now for a free consultation.

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