Wills & Estate

It’s not something many people want to talk about, but there’s no denying the vital importance of having a Will that accurately reflects your final wishes.

At Rothwell Lawyers, we understand that this is a highly personal, often emotional, matter. Our Wills & Estates team has extensive experience in this area and can provide you with insightful advice on matters including:

Wills

The most important thing in the area of Wills and Estates is that you have a properly drafted Will. Many of us know someone who has suffered the consequences of a badly drafted Will but bitter, protracted legal battles and estate claims can be avoided if your Will meets the necessary legal requirements.

Our expert solicitors can advise you on all aspects of drafting Wills, as well as how to challenge a Will and how to defend a Will that is being challenged.

Powers of Attorney

A Powers of Attorney document goes hand-in-hand with your Will, and is an essential step in ensuring your interests are protected at a time when you’re unable to do so yourself. 

As experts in Wills and Estates, our team can advise you on all aspects of appointing Powers of Attorney, including who to choose and what decisions they’ll be responsible for, so that you have complete peace of mind.

Estate Planning

As family structures become more complex, more people now need to consider de facto partners, ex-partners and children when making their Will.  In these situations, it is imperative you seek expert legal advice, especially if you wish to exclude someone from your Will and prevent it being challenged upon your death.

If, on the other hand, you have been left out of someone’s Will and believe you are entitled to part of their Estate, it is possible to challenge the Will provided you can demonstrate it being unfair or you believe that when the Will was made the person was not in a sound state of mind ie. suffered dementia. Professional legal advice is vital and must be sought as soon as possible. If you do not act within six months of the date Probate is issued, you may be prevented from making any claim on the Estate.