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Wills & Estates

It is very important that you understand your rights when it comes to wills, estate planning and wills disputes, whether you are married, de facto, single, have children or don’t.

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Wills

It is important that your family is taken care of after you pass away. Our lawyers will ensure your will is legally binding and up to date. Online Will is also available.

Contesting a Will

Our legal team can ensure you achieve the outcome you deserve after contesting a will and that you receive your rightful entitlement of a will.

Enduring Powers of Attorney

An enduring power of attorney is someone who can make personal, healthcare or financial decisions on your behalf while you are still alive.

Deceased Estates

If you are appointed as an executor in a deceased’s will our legal team can help administer the estate and protect you from personal liability.

Superannuation Claims

Superannuation is not covered in a will. We can ensure you receive your full entitlements from the superannuation fund.

Probate

Our lawyers can help you navigate the probate process and reduce chances of mistakes and delays that may occur in your time of grief.

Testamentary Trusts

Our lawyers can help create a testamentary trust customised to suit your family’s requirements ensuring your assets are protected for the future.

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Online Will

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Forge Legal’s family lawyers are specialists in all areas of family law and can assist you with all wills and estates legal matters.

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Frequently asked questions

A will is a legal document that describes how you would like your money, belongings and any other assets (your estate) to be divided once you pass away. The individuals you list to receive your estate are called beneficiaries, and the individual you list to administer your estate after you pass away is called your executor. You will can include guardians for your children and pets, a trust to provide for children or an individual with a disability, any preferences you may have for your funeral, or if you want to give money to a charity.
In order for a will to become legal in Queensland, you must be over 18 years old, the will must be in writing and signed and dated by two witnesses who are also over the age of 18. The witnesses are not allowed to be a beneficiary of the will or know any individuals who could benefit from your will.
If you haven’t created a will, you are said to have died ‘intestate’ and the division of your estate will be decided by the Public Trustee. The Succession Act 1981 (Qld) lists rules for who will receive this estate based on the circumstances of your life at the time you passed away. Locating the individuals who will receive your estate can take extra time and may add costs which will be deducted from your estate
Creating or changing a will is completely your choice, and it is illegal for any other person to force you to create or change a will. If someone has forced you to change your will, you should seek support from the Elder Abuse Helpline or the Office of the Public Guardian.
The simplest way to cancel your will is by replacing it with a newly created one. Your will can also become cancelled if there are changes in your life such as entering a new marriage or de facto relationship, or separating or divorcing your spouse or de facto partner.
If your family is arguing over the terms of your will, you should consult an estate planning lawyer who has experience in dealing with will disputes. If disputes cannot be resolved amicably, you will need to apply to the court to resolve them.

Our award-winning family lawyers

Hayley Kennedy Family Lawyer

Hayley Kennedy

Hayley delivers expert legal advice across all areas of Family Law and Wills and Estates, also providing advice in many areas of Property Law, Civil Disputes and Criminal Law.

Tracey McMillan Family Lawyer

Tracey McMillan

Tracey is direct and strategic but compassionate. Tracey goes the extra mile and genuinely takes each of her matters to heart, treating them as if she were representing her own family.

Cameron Martin Divorce Lawyer

Cameron Martin

Cameron is a passionate family lawyer and gets great satisfaction from assisting his clients through and after separation. He also practices in domestic violence, criminal and traffic law.

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