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My constant crusade is to ensure that everyone has a current, valid Will.
O’SheaDyer Solicitors has had many clients over the years who have had loved ones pass without a Will, and others who have left an invalid Will. This has been very messy and very stressful for loved ones and frankly, it’s the last thing you need when you are grieving.
We have experienced Wills and Estate lawyers who prepare Wills and Estate documents all the time and we have designed a great incentive for people to get their Will done.
Everyone should have a Will. AND everyone should have an Enduring Power of Attorney. An ‘EPA’ is a document where you give someone you trust, authority to make decisions for you. This comes in very handy if you are unavailable or unwell. And it is highly valuable as you get older in circumstances where you are incapacitated. As long as you create an EPA while you are of sound mind, you will have a trusted person who can make decisions for you – even if you no longer have capacity.
Over the past few years, we have had a number of elderly husbands and wives come to see us after their spouse has passed away. They had both done their Wills for free at the Public Trustee and agreed to make the Public Trustee an executor in their Will. They were then locked into using the Public Trustee to administer their loved one’s estate. The fees that were charged to administer the modest estates were extremely expensive. Much more expensive than a lawyer would charge. And on top of this, the process of tidying up their loved one’s Estate, which should have been sensitive and inexpensive, was impersonal and stressful.
We recommend, if you have assets (excluding Superannuation) in excess of $1 million dollars, you should consider having a Will that contains a Testamentary Trust.
A Testamentary Trust is a trust created within your Will. You appoint trustees and set out the terms of the Trust in your Will. It is a Trust that comes into effect after your death. It is designed to give the trustee’s discretion and great flexibility to decide how and when to distribute assets/money in your Estate, to your beneficiaries.
Usually, people leave the majority of their estate to their children as the main beneficiaries. There are many situations where you may not want your child/adult child, to receive a large lump sum. For example:
A Testamentary Trust gives a Trustee great discretion to decide how and when to distribute money to your beneficiaries.
A Testamentary Trust Will is designed to be specific to your situation and can be quite complex. It takes longer to prepare than a standard Will and naturally, it costs more.
We have experienced Estate lawyers who have prepared many Testamentary Trust Wills for people over the years and our fees are very reasonable.
The best thing to do is to obtain legal advice as to whether you need one and how it can best cater to your situation.
We always recommend that people see an experienced lawyer when legal issues arise. Experience matters when you are seeking Estate advice. Everyone’s situation is unique. Make sure you obtain advice that is tailored to your situation.
O’Shea Dyer Solicitors have experienced Estate lawyers who are available to assist with Estate Planning and Estate Administration.
Call O’SheaDyer on 47 725 155. We would love to help.