Wills & Disputes, Estates

Letters Of Administration? What The Heck Is That?

When a person dies without a valid Will (which can occur more often than you may think) a person will need to apply for Letters of Administration to the Supreme Court of NSW. The Letters of Administration process allows the person to deal with assets and administer the estate according to the law in NSW. …

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Am I eligible to contest an estate in 2021? – Family Provisions Claims

Throughout their lives most people decide to draft a will. If you are a spouse, partner, child or family member you usually will not see this document until the person has passed. Upon the reading of this will you may discover that you are not in the will at all or have been left a …

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Why do I need a proper Will?

Many people say they “don’t need a will” or “I’ll just get a will kit”, without realising the important consequences of not having a will. For persons in NSW, if you pass away your estate is managed by the laws of intestacy. In effect, your estate will be passed to the person outlined by the …

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What do you mean my informal Will isn’t valid?

At Adams & Partners Lawyers, we assist our clients with a range of legal services. However, one of our most thriving and knowledgeable areas is our Wills and Estates Team. We get asked numerous questions all time here at Adams & Partners but as of May 2020, two questions we are getting asked a lot …

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Buying a Property Subject to Probate or Letters of Administration – May 2020

What is a property sold subject to Probate or Administration? Buying a property subject to Probate or  Administration is when a property is listed for sale and sold without the Executor or Administrator yet being registered on the certificate of title. The deceased remains on title until such time the Court grants Probate or Letters …

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) & Estate Planning

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is gripping the Australian nation and creating a plethora of issues for businesses throughout the country. However, individuals are also worried about the ways that they can protect themselves from this crisis. From a legal standpoint, the best thing to do is make sure your estate planning documents are up to …

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Do I need probate if I’m from Penrith?

In areas such as Penrith, Parramatta and the Hawkesbury, many individuals in their lifetime will be made an executor of an estate.  If you do not know what this means, you go and ask a lawyer or solicitor for advice. If you are “lucky” you may be told that you need to apply for the …

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What if your spouse changes their will after you die?

Couples often make wills which are similar to each other because they agree as to who should inherit everything after both of them have died. However, problems can occur because the surviving spouse changes one will after their spouse has died – everyone has a right to make a new will at anytime (so long …

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Enduring Guardian vs Advanced Care Directive – What do I need?

At Adams & Partners, we pride ourselves on helping you plan for the future. One of the most common ways that we do this is by helping people like yourself draft Wills and Powers of Attorneys. As most people know, a Will and Power of Attorney are estate planning documents which are used for managing …

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Estate Planning – Basics – What is a Will?

At Adams & Partners we can answer all of these questions and are here to help make the estate planning process as easy as possible. What is a Will? The Will we are talking about has nothing to do with Will Smith or William Wallace (even though those Will’s may be slightly more interesting). A …

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