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Strategic Lawyers offers a range of services to assist you in preparing for the disposition of your estate. Generally, the term will is used to refer to the main document through which an estate is disposed of after death. But, did you know that the document does not have to be described as a will to make it testamentary in law? The solicitors at Strategic Lawyers do and we’re here to assist you prepare and execute the necessary documents to distribute your estate.
Fundamentally, testamentary documents provide for revocable dispositions of property and only take effect on death. Documents that are irrevocable or are intended to have effect at any time other than death are not testamentary. The requirements of valid testamentary documents in Queensland is prescribed by the Succession Act 1981 (Qld). The legislation establishes a number of fundamentals that must be considered and incorporated when preparing testamentary documents.
- The property that may be disposed of by the will,
- The minimum age for making a will,
- The need for writing,
- The capacity of individual making the will, and
- The witness requirements.
So, if you already have a testamentary document, have you considered or reviewed these basic succession planning questions:
- Who will be your executor?
- What happens if your proposed beneficiaries predecease you?
- What effect does marriage or divorce have on your will?
- Do you need an enduring power of attorney?
- What are life interests and remainders?
- What is the effect of joint bank accounts and/or joint tenancy arrangements?
- Do directions need to be provided for superannuation and life insurance arrangements?
- Is a mutual will suitable for your circumstances?
- What are the effects of potential family provision claims?
- What happens to your business?
- Would a testamentary trust better suit your beneficiaries?
The solicitors at Strategic Lawyers are well versed in Queensland Succession Law and are able to guide you through these and other intricate details you should consider before reaching for the standard form will kit.
Take the time to consider your circumstances and arrange an appointment with us to ensure the estate you’ve worked hard to establish is distributed in accordance with your wishes when the time comes.
Why Are We The Best?
We do not view the success of the firm through the prism of commercial gain and believe that the most important outcome is client satisfaction. Through the abolishment of six-minute units and billable hours, and the introduction of our fixed-fee billing model, we are able to provide unparalleled value for money and customer service.
Never again will you be worried about a 20 second phone call or two sentence email costing you an arm and a leg. We actually encourage you to keep us informed about developments and changes to the situation, as often these are important details and need to be included in our correspondence or case.
Our philosophy is that often the best way to resolve your issue is away from the financial and emotional stress of Court. Our views are reflected in the following quote from Abraham Lincoln:
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbours to compromise when you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”
Here at Strategic Lawyers, we are not afraid to do away with archaic traditions in favour of creative and futuristic solutions. Our service extends far beyond legislative compliance as we are able to work closely with you and all who are involved in the matter, whether it is your family, accountant, consultant, financial advisor or doctor.
Here at Strategic Lawyers, we believe in doing what is best for you. We apply this principle to every aspect of our business, including our customer service, advice and pricing structure.
We know that every personal and business situation is different so we make it our business to understand what has happened and how we can best help you. We don’t categorise you and decide which precedent document best suits you, but instead accept that you are unique and think creatively about how we can customise our advice to suit.
We have a team of lawyers who excel in every aspect of the law, including property law, commercial law, intellectual property, family law, banking and finance law, immigration law, wills and estates, criminal law and litigation. Our use of lawyers, consultants and barristers, gives you access to a wealth of knowledge that is not possessed by the inexperienced, in-house generalists who would be running the case if it was done through another firm.
Our adoption of a fixed-fee method of quoting and payments means that you will get value for money. You do not need to be concerned about calling or emailing us because all of our communication with you is included. This means we are able to provide a high level of customer service and build a working relationship that will result in us being able to better understand the situation and provide a custom solution.
Strategic Lawyers is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for you, in a timely manner and at an affordable price.