Wills & Probate

Our lawyers have extensive experience in reviewing and drafting wills, applications for probate, powers of attorney, powers of guardianship, inheritance claims and letters of administration. We have particular experience in handling complex matters for private clients including complicated probate applications. We regularly assist executors in the administration and winding up of deceased estates. 

We have acted for a number of charities in relation to bequests made to the charities and contested estates, including those based in Western Australia and nationally. We provide low cost or pro bono will preparation services for various charities including the Cancer Council and the Dogs Refuge Home (WA) Inc. 

David Williams and Chris Osborn have each received the designation Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Our expertise in this area includes:

  • Preparing simple and complex wills
  • Dealing with superannuation entitlements outside of wills
  • Applications for probate
  • Applications for letters of administration (deceased did not have a will)
  • Resealing (recognition) in Western Australia of probates and letters of administration from other countries and states outside Western Australia and applying for Western Australian probates to be resealed (recognised) in other jurisdictions
  • Estate Planning
  • Obtaining declarations of death
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Enduring Powers of Guardianship
  • Inheritance / Family Provision Act claims
  • Estates with a cross border element
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Our relevant experience includes:

  • Numerous contested estates and Family Provision Act proceedings, including  successfully acting for a defacto spouse in proceedings involving a West Australian estate worth significantly more than $1 billion
  • Preparing mutual wills for married and defacto couples
  • Successfully procuring probate in respect of a will that had not been signed where the executor was previously deceased
  • Obtaining declarations of death for deckhands of fishing vessel lost at sea when the bodies were not recovered to facilitate grants of probate and letters of administration
  • Assisted spouses of deceased mining executives who died in an airplane crash (insurance and claims against employer)
  • Advised on a complex will and estate plan for the family owners of a high value aquaculture business. This matter involved resolving complicated issues around assets held in trust and transfer duty liabilities
  • Advising in relation to the inheritance rights of a child born after their father died
  • Acting for the executors of an estate in negotiating continuation of funding to an agribusiness in which the estate had an interest, by a leading bank prior to interests of beneficiaries vesting and negotiating limitation of liability for the executors
  • Applications to the Supreme Court of Western Australia (for grants of probate) and the State Administrative Tribunal (for guardianship or administration)

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