Developing a comprehensive estate plan is vital to ensuring that you and your loved ones are properly looked after if you become incapacitated, or in the event of your death.
With more than 50 years’ experience, the extensive knowledge and estate planning experience of our Wills + Estates accredited specialists will help you explore and understand the best options to secure your assets and protect the interests of your loved ones.
Independent research shows that more than 50% of Queenslanders do not have a Will. We see firsthand the anxiety and distress this can cause families at a difficult time. It can also lead to significant expense in administering your estate and deplete the assets left to your loved ones.
Your will is likely to be the primary element of your estate plan, though it is by no means the only element. An estate plan is much more than just a will.
Whether your individual circumstances are relatively simple or very complex, we can assist you in making a will that suits your needs and objectives.
While a simple will might be sufficient if your circumstances are straightforward, there can be significant advantages to exploring other options, such as testamentary discretionary trusts.
Our Wills & Estates team can help you understand the options available and choose the one that is most suitable to you.
Letter of wishes
As part of the estate planning process, a letter of wishes is a document to guide your executors and beneficiaries in the administration and distribution of your estate.
Unlike your will, a letter of wishes is not a legally binding document. However, it does give you the ability to express wishes or preferences on issues that are important to you, but in relation to which you cannot, or may not wish to, give legally binding direction.
Our Wills & Estates team can help you make a letter of wishes.
Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document appointing one or more attorneys to look after your financial and/or personal and health affairs in the event that you lose the capacity to make decisions for yourself, for example, through illness or accident.
Not having an Enduring Power of Attorney can have serious consequences if something happens to you unexpectedly. If you lose the capacity to look after yourself and do not have an enduring power of attorney then it may be necessary for an application to be made to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) for an administrator to be appointed to manage your financial affairs, and a guardian to be appointed to look after your personal and health affairs.
An enduring power of attorney can give both you and your loved ones significant peace of mind.
Our Wills & Estates team has more than 50 years’ combined experience in advising on and preparing Enduring Powers of Pttorney, and are experienced in assisting clients to appear before QCAT.
Advance Health Directive (AHD)
An Advance Health Directive is a document which gives directions about the medical treatment you want to receive if you lose the capacity to make decisions about your own health care. An Advance Health Directive can be used to ensure that medical personnel and your attorneys act in accordance with your wishes regarding your medical treatment.
This allows you to stay in control of your medical treatment even if you’re unable to communicate your wishes personally.
When you want to take care of loved ones, we’re with you.