Wills & Estates

Jonathan Harris

(02) 9023 9118

Steven Nemes OAM

Business Law Specialist
Accredited Mediator NMAS
(02) 9023 9132

Charlene Hunt

Commercial Lawyer
(02) 9023 9130

Wills, Estate Planning and Deceased Estates

Estate Planning isn’t just preparing a Will. Our skilled estate planning lawyers make sure all of our clients' assets pass in the manner that they wish. The result is complete peace of mind.  We consider complexities such as:

  • the needs and wishes clients have for all of their family members
  • blended family situations;
  • managing avoidable taxes and duties;
  • dealing with the future sale or retention and ongoing management of large assets or trading businesses including those owned by family trusts, a company or a Super Fund;
  • devising appropriate protections for those family members who have a disability or are too young or just not yet ready to receive their inheritance; and
  • dealing with de facto and same sex relationships. 


Our goal is to work with you to devise strategies and structures to allow you to retire with family harmony maintained and your hard earned assets protected.  

The team’s work may involve a Will with multiple Testamentary Trusts, an Enduring Power of Attorney, an Appointment of Enduring Guardian, an Advance Health Directive (Living Wills), a Control Deed to manage your Family Trust, a Superannuation Binding Death Benefit Nomination or a Superannuation Advance Transfer Directive.  With a thorough estate plan, clients can also protect a family member’s inheritance from a future marriage, divorce or bankruptcy.

We have experience in:

  • Family trusts
  • Succession to family owned companies and businesses
  • Taxation and superannuation implications
  • Special considerations in the case of disability and mental health issues
  • Maintaining Centrelink entitlements
  • Applications for grant of probate and letters of administration including informal wills and rectification of Wills
  • Administration of intestate or partially intestate estates


If you’re wondering whether you need specialist estate planning advice, please give us a call.  Having acted for many years in court disputes resulting from a Will maker’s failure to plan, we have compiled a list of risk factors.  

 Further Reading

Can my will be challenged?

On your death, a family member has questioned the validity of your Will. This means that they are asking the Court not to grant Probate of your Will.

Why your kids need their own Estate Plan

When you think of estate planning, you think of grandparents, people aged 40 years plus, and couples starting a family. But what about the 18-30 year age group?

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Blended families create special problems. Children of past marriages need to be considered and their interests protected, without it impacting on the needs of a current spouse or partner. The changing demographic of families in this modern age means the problems surrounding blended families are now more acute than ever.