Will & Estate
Estate Lawyers Sydney
Michael Conley Lawyers are leading estate lawyers in Sydney, supporting our clients through the complexities of wills, estates and family law with a range of legal services and comprehensive legal advice. Our experienced team will guide you and your family in a variety of matters including trusts, wills, probate and more. From constructing a simple will to more complex disputes involving assets located both in Australia and overseas, we’re here to guide you towards a satisfactory resolution and help secure the future of your family.
As experienced estate lawyers, we understand the strain of trying to navigate wills and estates. Our role is to understand the full extent of the estate and work with you to achieve a positive outcome for the future.
Using a personal and collaborative approach to your legal affairs, our expert team of wills and estates lawyers, probate lawyers and specialists work hard to resolve:
- Estate Litigation
- Wills, Powers of Attorney and Appointing an Enduring Guardian
- Contesting a Will and Family Provision Claims
- Mediations and Deeds of Family Arrangement
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Michael Conley Lawyers support our clients with a diverse team of wills and estate lawyers, who prioritise the needs of your family first. Our team includes barristers, partners, senior associates, paralegals, administrative staff, forensic accountants, counsellors, trained mediators and arbitrators. Together, our lawyers take a holistic approach to legal advice with every case and strive to achieve a sensible and cost-efficient resolution.
Our goal is to understand the needs of your family and estate in the long-term, create positive outcomes and attempt to resolve issues before they need to be taken to court to minimise the financial and emotional cost to families.
We understand how important communication and a prompt response is when dealing with sensitive matters, which is why our team prioritises communication to ensure you know what is involved at each step. You’re able to start proceedings with confidence and always know what’s happening with your case. We always reply to your calls and emails, and we’ll never ask you to call back later.
Want to know how our wills and estates services can help you? Book a FREE 15-minute call to discuss your needs and to arrange a meeting with one of our experienced estate lawyers.
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Want to know how our estate law services can help you?
Book a FREE 15-minute call to discuss your needs and to arrange a meeting with one of our experienced estate lawyers.
ESTATE LAW FAQS
When we refer to estates, we are referring to the collective net worth of individuals while alive and then after death. Estates can include land, property (real estate), vehicles, companies or businesses they own, possessions or personal belongings (such as jewellery or household items), financial securities, cash, and other intangible assets, such as stocks, shares, patents or copyrights.
Wills are used as part of an estate plan to guide how an individuals estate will be managed and/or distributed after death. This is especially important to have if an estate includes property or other high value assets.
Estate litigation occurs when a dispute arises around an estate following the loss of a loved one, or when an elderly person may lose capacity which can present legal issues (such as enduring power, undue influence, etc.). These types of disputes are commonly quite emotional and can escalate interpersonal conflicts between family members and loved ones, and focuses on navigating the overall management of an estate during this stressful time.
An estate lawyer works with you to secure the best interests of the individual estate owner while they are living and for their beneficiaries after death. An estate lawyer is an experienced and licensed professional who specialises in estates, wills or in the process of probate. The role requires a thorough understanding of federal and state laws as they pertain to your estate.
Deceased estates are the remaining property, possessions and collective wealth of individuals after death. These types of estates are usually managed and dispersed to the beneficiaries using a document such as a will or a document intended to be a will. If no valid will is available, then deceased estates can be administered and distributed under the Succession Act (2006).
The executor of an estate is entrusted with administering the will of a person after their death and often works with a probate lawyer, depending on the circumstances of the estate. In New South Wales, executors are responsible for safeguarding the estates during probate, until the will can be rightfully executed.
When you make a will, you need to appoint a person or an organisation as your executor to carry out the instructions in your will.
The responsibilities of an executor include estate administration, probate and distribution, and manage the financial affairs – including legal costs.
Most estate attorneys have an hourly rate, depending on their experience rates can range between $100 to $450 per hour. The end cost of reaching a dispute resolution can differ significantly from case-to-case, as it depends on the amiability of the parties involved, the complexities of your family dynamics and various assets, which can be further complicated by international laws if any assets are located internationally. The overall cost of a family lawyer is dependent on the individual case and the needs of the family you’re working with. To discuss your legal needs with leading family law specialists, book a FREE 15 minute consultation.