Amanda Little & Associates – Your Wills & Estate Lawyers

Amanda Little & Associates - Your Wills & Estate LawyersDo you need a Will, Power of Attorney or Enduring Guardianship?

Are you an Executor in an estate and don’t know where to start? Probate forms confusing? No Will and you need to apply for Letters of Administration?

Do you want to create an Estate Plan? Been recommended by your accountant to see a Solicitor?

We can help you.

We can provide you with on all aspects of Wills, Estate, Probate and Estate administration. Our services are outlined in more detail below.

Wills, Power of Attorneys and Enduring Guardianships:

Why do I need a will?

Having an up to date will is extremely important. Your will allows your loved ones to follow your wishes and distribute your estate in the way you have chosen. Having a Will minimises difficulties on your passing.

If you pass away without a will, your estate is deemed ‘intestate’. This means that the Succession Act applies to your estate and your money will be distributed according to the legislation. Often there are more costs involved in administering an intestate estate.

So what steps do you need to take?

Simply call us and make an appointment to see a Solicitor who will work with you  to ensure that your will reflects your wishes.

What is a Power of Attorney and why do I need one?

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that appoints another person or persons as your legal representative/s for financial matters (also known as an Attorney). It gives them authority to look after your financial affairs on your behalf.

You can appoint an Attorney for a short period of time (for example when you’re on extended holidays) or for a time where you are no longer able to manage your affairs (this is referred to as an Enduring Power of Attorney).

This is not the same as your will – your will is relevant upon your passing, but your Power of Attorney looks after your financial affairs before your passing. Therefore a will does not provide any assistance if you lose the capacity to make financial decisions.

What is an Enduring Guardianship document and why do I need one?

An Enduring Guardianship is a legal document that appoints another person or persons as your legal representative/s to make decision about your health, care and welfare. For example providing consent for medical treatment on your behalf.

Again your Enduring Guardianship is not the same as your will. Your will is relevant upon your passing, but your Enduring Guardianship looks after the management of your personal affairs before your passing.

What are the costs of a Will, Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship?

Please contact us for costing and advice relation to Wills, Power of Attorneys and Enduring Guardianships on 0247 616 935.

Probate / Letters of Administration / Estate Administration:

If your loved one has passed away and you have been appointed as an Executor or they did not have a Will, we can help you.

Our professional and friendly Solicitors can assist in:

Applying for Probate and administration/distribution of the estate, including:

  • Ascertaining the value of assets;
  • Organising publication of intention to apply for Probate in the local newspaper;
  • Drawing necessary documentation to apply for Probate;
  • Calling in of assets;
  • Negotiating with superannuation funds;
  • Negotiating with life insurance agencies;
  • Organising publication of intention to distribute in the local newspaper;
  • Distributing the estate; and
  • Establishing a trust if required.

Applying for Letters of Administration (when someone dies intestate) including:

  • Ascertaining the value of assets;
  • Organising publication of intention to apply for Letters of Administration in the local newspaper;
  • Carrying out a section 50 Search from Births, Deaths and Marriages;
  • Drawing necessary documentation to apply for Letters of Administration;
  • Calling in of assets;
  • Negotiating with superannuation funds;
  • Negotiating with life insurance agencies;
  • Organising publication of intention to distribute in the local newspaper;
  • Distributing the estate; and
  • Establishing a trust if required.

Wish to discuss your situation?

Please contact us for relevant advice and help regarding Wills, Estate and Probate matters on 0247 616 935.

For further information regarding Wills, Estates and Probate you can consult the following resources:
Supreme Court of New South Wales
Australian Government Wills & Power of Attorney