DECEASED ESTATES

We provide comprehensive legal support for the administration of deceased estates.

The death of a loved one is a very difficult time.   It is an unfortunate reality that in your time of grief, you also have to contend with a complex and extended legal process of sorting out the finances – known as  administering the estate.  

Estate administration is the process of transferring assets out of the deceased’s name, paying debts, sorting out taxes, and distributing the assets to the beneficiaries.   

While this sounds straightforward, it is anything but.  Is there a will?  Is there doubt about the person’s capacity when they made the will?  Is someone claiming that they should receive more?  What if there is no will?
How do we pay for the funeral?  How do we transfer the house?  What happens with the superannuation?  How do we sell the shares?  What will the taxation consequences be – and will it change if I sell in this financial year, next financial year, or transfer the assets in specie?  What does that even mean?!

The executor or administrator appointed under the will has a tough job to do.   The good news is, you don’t have to work blind  – you have a right to have legal assistance in the process, and for that legal help to be paid for from the estate funds.  

Our estates administration team is headed by Christine Smyth, a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law (the legal name for this area of law), and one of the state’s top experts in this field (as independently certified by Doyles Guide of Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Lawyers

We provide comprehensive estate administration services  – from probate of the will, through to final distribution.  And, of course, if an estate dispute arises, our experience estates litigation team is on hand to  support and guide you every step of the way.

Call now for an appointment with our Accredited Specialist Succession Law head of our Estates Division – Christine Smyth.

CONTACTS FOR THIS AREA OF LAW
Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Commercial Law Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
With 30 years’ experience working in and managing business, Andrew Smyth is sought after by industry and commerce for his specialist knowledge in structuring, regulatory compliance…
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Sean Powell

Sean Powell

Court Work & Litigation Wills and Estates
Sean specialises in estate disputes, estate administration and estate planning, with a particular focus on contested wills. In line with his focus, he will soon complete…
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Chris Kohler

Chris Kohler

Court Work & Litigation Wills and Estates
Chris is a senior litigation solicitor, specialising in resolving commercial disputes and deceased estate disputes. His 30 years of experience in litigation have seen him resolve…
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Nathan Rutherford

Nathan Rutherford

Wills and Estates
After graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with distinction) and being admitted as a solicitor in the…
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Allison Kelly

Allison Kelly

Wills and Estates
Intrigued by law and justice in Australia, Allison pursued a path in the legal profession through rigorous studies during 2012 to 2018 and achieved both a Bachelor…
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Isabella Phillips

Isabella Phillips

Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
Bell is a solicitor in our Succession & Litigation team and has taken to specialising in estate litigation. Bell graduated from Bond University with a double degree in…
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