Deceased estates & Probate

We understand that dealing with the administration of an estate of a deceased family member or friend can be difficult. Our friendly and supportive staff appreciate that this is a stressful and challenging time, and we will make the process as easy and stress-free as we can.

Whether the deceased made a Will or died intestate, we can provide advice on the requirements of distributing the Estate and whether or not an application for Probate or Letters of Administration should be made. We can also provide advice on estate taxation matters and associated implications.

If you would like to talk to one of our staff about an Estate matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Family provision applications (TFM claims)

We can assist you with family provision applications, whether you are the Executor of a deceased estate or believe you are entitled to a share of the deceased’s assets and have not been adequately provided for in a Will.

In matters of this type, we are able to advise you of your prospects of success according to the legislation and common law, and help you to achieve the best result for you in the most cost-effective way possible.

We will advise you on the most appropriate course of action, and can assist in preparing a family provision application.

In our experience, it is common for family provision claims to be resolved by negotiated settlement without the need for a court hearing, and we can appear as your legally representative in mediation, and negotiate with other parties’ legal representatives to achieve the best outcome for you while avoiding the costs of going to court.

Wills & Will disputes

We know how important it is to make sure your family and friends are taken care of in the event of your death. If you have recently married, divorced or had children, you have recently had a change in circumstances, or you just need to update your Will, our friendly staff at Woods Hatcher can assist you.

When assisting you with the preparation of your Will, we provide the necessary advice and ensure that all factors have been taken into account so that you can be sure your wishes are properly defined.

We understand that preparing a Will can be stressful, and our solicitors adopt a caring and understanding approach when taking your instructions. We do our utmost to accommodate your needs by making ourselves available to answer any queries you may have, and to help you feel comfortable and confident with the process.

Powers of Attorney

Our experienced solicitors can provide advice and assist you in the preparation of a Power of Attorney or an Advance Health Directive.

If you would like to speak to someone about preparing a Power of Attorney or Advance Health Directive, then please contact our Coomera or Isle of Capri office by telephone, email or via our website.