Estate planning is the foresight necessary to protect your assets, and to ensure that these assets pass on to your chosen beneficiaries upon death. Our team of Estate Planning Lawyers will work with you to provide comprehensive protection of your assets, which may include incorporating a testamentary trust, and advice on how to minimise family disputes into the future. However your assets are held, either personally, jointly, in a family trust, company or self-managed superannuation fund, our team of Estate Planning Lawyers are here to help.
Our Estate Planning Services
Wills & Testamentary Trusts
A Will is a legal document that sets out how someone’s estate is to be distributed, after they pass away.
Whilst this is a topic that we often do not prioritise in our day to day lives, having a valid will is imperative to ensuring that the people we care about, are sufficiently looked after, to help secure their future…
An enduring power of attorney is a legal document which enables someone else to deal with your financial and legal affairs in the event you are unable to do so for various reasons, or it is practically convenient to enable someone else to deal with your affairs.
A power of attorney that is designed to continue to operate after loss of capacity is referred to as an enduring power of attorney.
Enduring Power of Attorney
Advance Health Directive
An Advance Health Directive is a legal document that can direct which medical treatment is administered to you in the event you lose capacity or are unable to communicate your wishes.
At Affinitas Legal, we tailor our Advance Health Directives to provide that in the event you are being kept alive by artificial means, and two independent medical specialists determine that you have no prospects of recovering, your life sustaining treatment can be removed.
When a person passes away, whomever is listed as the Executor of their estate must obtain the relevant licence to properly deal with their estate. This licence is known as a ‘Grant of Probate’ and is obtained through the Supreme Court.
If a person passes away without a valid Will, they are said to pass away intestate. Section 14 of the Administration Act 1903 will then govern how a person’s estate is to be distributed. This usually includes the spouse, or any children that the deceased may have had.
Grants of Probate & Letters of Administration
What is the cost of preparing a comprehensive estate plan?
Preparing a comprehensive Estate Plan can range anywhere from $700.00 to upwards of $1,500.00. These costs will be entirely dependant on the complexity of your Estate Planning requirements. Our friendly team of Estate Planning Lawyers offer fixed fee Estate Planning bundles.
Meet our experienced team of Estate Planning Lawyers
Our Estate Planning team will help you understand your estate planning situation, so you are empowered to make informed decisions that will protect you, your family and your future. Our friendly team of Estate Planning Lawyers will can facilitate face-to-face meetings, Skype meetings, and in some circumstances, home visits. Meet our friendly team here.