Wills & Estates
We are aware that having to deal with the administration of the estate of a loved one is a very emotionally draining and difficult time.
Our experienced team of Partner Gerard Houlihan, Associate Lauren Farrelly and Law Clerk Alesha Benbow are very mindful of this fact and make every effort to progress the administration of the estate in a sensitive and timely manner.
The team’s aim is to be approachable, with all procedures being explained to you in language that is simple and easy to understand. We spend time at the first interview taking detailed notes of all relevant information and hearing about those issues which are important to the family.
Our skills in this area have been finely developed to ensure that your future affairs and family arrangements are completely in order.
This section also deals with the preparation of your Will and Enduring Power of Attorney. Thoughtful and proper planning of your estate now can minimise the risk of family tensions at a later time. We will help you get it right the first time.
Special Disability Trusts
If you have a child with a disability, there may be additional things that you can consider when dealing, with your estate planning like the establishment of a Special Disability Trust to benefit your disabled child (either during your lifetime, or within the terms of your Will to take effect upon your death).
These trusts have very special features that allow parents and immediate family members to plan for the future medical, care and accommodation needs of a person with a severe disability. In particular, you can maximise the chance of your child continuing to receive a Centrelink benefit, as the assets in the Special Disability Trust and the income it generates can be disregarded for both the Assets Test and the Income Test.
If you would like more information on the establishment of a Special Disability Trust, please contact us.