ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

Do I need an Expert Gold Coast Estate Administration Lawyer?

When a loved one dies, there are a myriad of details to be sorted through. You need to collect in bank accounts, sell shares, transfer or sell real estate properties, inform government authorities  – and all the while deal with the beneficiaries who all think the job is simple and “should be completed by now”.  Then you have to worry about claims on the estate by family members or creditors…

Estate administration routinely involves dealing with :

  • should you get probate, and what does it mean anyway?
  • what do you do if there is no will?
  • how do you know if the will is valid?
  • how do you handle superannuation and life insurance entitlements without suffering a huge tax penalty?
  • is a claim upon the estate by a disgruntled family member likely, and what should be done about it?
  • when is it safe to pay out the funds to the beneficiaries, and when does the executor risk a personal claim ?
  • what do you do about creditors of the estate in Gold Coast?
  • how do you handle partly completed matrimonial proceedings of the deceased?
  • how should the business of the deceased be dealt with?
  • who do you contact to transfer the house?
  • What does Joint Tenancy really mean?
  • What do you do if the will gives away property that the deceased doesn't own?
  • How do you handle a Family Trust when the principal dies?

Why choose a Robbins Watson Estate Lawyer, Gold Coast:

When a Robbins Watson estate lawyer is engaged to assist in estate administration, we act to administer the estate as quickly as it may safely be done, while ensuring that the executor does not expose him or her self to risk of litigation by making distributions prior to the statutory periods for making of Family Maintenance claims.

Our estate lawyers look for safe, sensible solutions to the issues that arise, and ensure that, where you have to make a choice, you are given all your options, with our recommendation about which option is best for you.

Our commitment to streamlining estate administration while maintaining personal service and understanding has seen us become the estate lawyers Gold Coast families choose to help them navigate this difficult and unsettling period.

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CONTACTS FOR THIS AREA OF LAW
Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Commercial Law Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
Andrew is the managing partner of the firm, and practises primarily in estate planning and administration and business and personal structuring, focussing on complex and high…
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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 emphasis on contested wills. In line with his Succession Law focus, he has…
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Christine Smyth

Christine Smyth

Court Work & Litigation Wills and Estates
Christine is a strategist! Her passion is succession and elder law, allied with meticulous and detailed knowledge of the law Christine is one of the foremost…
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Allison Kelly

Allison Kelly

Wills and Estates
Intrigued by law and justice, Allison pursued a path in the legal profession through rigorous studies during 2012 to 2018 and achieved both a Bachelor of Legal…
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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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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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Connie Ung

Connie Ung

Wills and Estates
Connie is a dedicated law clerk at Robbins Watson with a strong passion for law. She excelled in her Bachelor of Laws at Bond University in…
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Racquel Clark

Racquel Clark

Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
Racquel completed her Bachelor of Laws specialising in Legal Practice at Bond University in May 2022. Having recently commenced studying her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice…
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Lily Prasad

Lily Prasad

Wills and Estates
Lily graduated with a double degree of a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance in December 2021. She has since completed…
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