Wills, Probate and Administration

We all have to go sometime - right? Whatever the circumstances of your departure, there are some plans you should have in place to deal with the "what ifs". What if you have kids? What if you don't? What if you are in the process of ending a relationship? What if you have set up a trust already? Planning ahead helps you relax now.

Depressing? Not really because making a will isn't planning for death. It is part of the process of planning your life. You may, for example, decide that you need to set up trusts and leave all your assets to these in order to protect those you care about. This has the dual advantage of dealing with business and relationship property issues.

However, when someone dies it is not only emotionally trying, but often confusing for those who are left. There are matters that require attention, from burial through to ensuring that dependents have enough money to survive. The harsh reality is that financial circumstances may require you to act promptly or you may feel that dealing with the estate gives you a sense of control at an otherwise overwhelming time.

The private client team at Brookfields is not only experienced, but understands the conflicting emotions people experience when thinking about wills and estates. We can help you deal with this by advising on:

  • giving plain spoken and understandable advice on how to structure your assets
  • drafting wills and setting up complementary trust structures
  • explaining wills and trusts to beneficiaries
  • dealing with banks over mortgage issues
  • applying for probate of a will
  • if there is no will, applying for letters of administration
  • contesting a will
  • dealing with claims under the Family Protection Act or testamentary promises legislation
  • payment of debts
  • distribution of the estate

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