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Estate Planning, Wills and Probate Law

Estate Planning, Wills and Probate Law

Estate planning is much more than just having a Will, it also includes powers of attorney, guardianships and even a “living Will” – a written statement detailing your desired medical treatment in circumstances in which you are no longer able to express informed consent.

A well-planned Estate Plan includes the management and control of your personal, family and business affairs while you are alive and after you pass away. It includes retirement plans, tax position, and takes into account future events such as family disputes, health emergencies and divorce and separation.

Your Estate Plan, your Wishes

A sound legal Estate Plan contains considerations such as medical and legal power of attorney, and distribution of property and assets. To be effective, your Estate Plan also needs to be flexible in structure to take into account unforeseen changes in circumstances, and take into consideration areas such as:

• Financial support of spouse, children or charities
• Wealth requirements for you and your family’s lifestyles
• Asset protection from business risk, tax and family disputes
• Asset distribution for business & trust assets, insurances and personal assets

Drafting a Will is an important element of Estate Planning and can also help reduce the potential of future disputes between your relatives and ensure that all of your wishes are carried out to the letter.

Wills, Probate Law and Disputes

Even with the most care and attention put into forming an Estate Plan, after the passing of a loved one disputes can arise between relatives. Our lawyers are sensitive to the emotional nature of these disputes and are dedicated to find an agreeable resolution before more formal legal proceedings need to be initiated.

In our experience, undertaking these mediation and resolution steps often results in reduced costs and less strain on our clients’ family relationships.

Our experienced legal team are on hand to help you make provisions for your loved ones. Your forethought and planning will help your family during their time of distress.