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        Wills and Estate Planning

        Our Sydney and Newcastle offices have a team of specialised lawyers in Wills and Estate Planning, Succession Planning, Deceased Estate and Administration and Estate Litigation. 

        Our estate planning lawyers take the time to understand your personal circumstances and family dynamics. We strive to give you and your family, certainty and peace of mind, in a calm and professional environment. 

        Our estate planning lawyers will work closely with your accountant or financial adviser to ensure your Will properly reflects your greater estate and succession planning requirements. 

        Our expertise in estate planning includes: 

        • Wills (simple or complex structures)
        • Powers of Attorney
        • Appointments of Enduring Guardian 
        • Testamentary Trusts
        • Business Succession Plans
        • Superannuation Proceeds Trusts, Minor Trusts and Special Disability Trusts
        • Establishing charitable foundations 
        • Specific charitable bequests
        • Understanding your business or company structures to ensure continuity of your business or company
        • Guardianship Tribunal issues
        • Advising on Power of Attorney and Elders Guardianship effect and obligations

        Our expertise in estate administration includes:

        • Applications for grants of probate, letters of administration and resealing of foreign grants
        • Rectifying and contesting wills
        • Advising on applications for statutory wills
        • Acting for plaintiffs and defendants in contested family provision claims
        • Advising, initiating claims and appearing in cases of testamentary capacity and undue influence
        • Informal wills
        • Advising charitable institutions with regard to their legacies, balancing competing beneficial and family provision claims
        • Advising on the transition from executor to trustee and advising on long term trust estates
        • Advising on matters relating to breach of fiduciary duty in relation to powers of attorney
        • Advising on Power of Attorney and Elders Guardianship effect and obligations

        We are committed to providing our clients with quality work, tailored to your specific circumstances.

        Please contact us if you have any estate or succession planning enquiries.

        Mark Hickey

        • Chairman (Asia Pacific)

        David Reid

        • Principal Lawyer

        Cavelle Lindsay

        • Senior Associate