Estate Planning and Administration

Comprehensive legal documentation to ensure the smooth transition of assets, as well as estate administration and litigation.

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Careful and considered estate planning ensures that you and your family are prepared for the future. It sets out parameters for transferring the ownership and control of your hard-earned assets when the inevitable happens, and ensures your wishes are carried out as planned.

Working closely with you and your financial advisers, our Estate Planning and Administration lawyers will help to establish your initial estate planning strategy and draft realistic and comprehensive legal documentation for the smooth transition of your assets, including real estate, business assets, shares, superannuation, life insurance and personal effects.

Our team offers necessary dispute resolution services in the unfortunate event that family disagreements over the division of assets arise. We also work closely with HopgoodGanim’s family law clients to help them prepare wills where relationship issues and competing claims are paramount.  

Our team has been Recommended in Doyle's Guide to Leading Estates Litigation Law Firms - Queensland, 2015 and 2017, as well as Recommended in Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers – Queensland, 2017.   

Areas of Expertise

  • Estate planning – including wills and Memoranda of Directions, superannuation death benefit nominations, Enduring and General Powers of Attorney, and corporate, trust and superannuation investigations and reviews
  • Estate administration – both routine and non-routine, including Grants of Administration in common form
  • Estate litigation – including family provision applications, Grants of Administration in solemn form, construction applications, applications for and against personal representatives and QCAT applications
  • Acting at mediation to negotiate settlement of claims in estate disputes. 
  • Reviewing and drafting complex wills, taking into account family relationship issues, competing claims, complex corporate structures, self-managed superannuation funds, and existing life insurance policies. 
  • Advising on asset and inheritance protection, including the establishment of testamentary discretionary trusts. 
  • Advising on and executing deceased estates where the assets cross state borders. 
  • Acting for beneficiaries of wills in Supreme Court litigation seeking removal of solicitor executors/trustees, due to failure to properly discharge duties. 
  • Advising on issues facing elderly clients in terms of accommodation, property, estate planning, wills, superannuation and pension arrangements. 
  • Acting for clients to obtain a Grant of Administration from the Supreme Court of Queensland in favour of an interim/independent administrator, in circumstances where the executors named in the will have a conflict of interest. 
  • Advising on applications to the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal for the appointment of an administrator and guardian for incapacitated individuals.