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Wills and Estate Planning

Do you have a Will? It is important that your wishes as to how your assets including your real estate, personal property, shares and money in a bank account are to be dealt with after your death are contained in a properly prepared Will.

At Websters Lawyers, we have lawyers that specialise in preparing wills that clearly express your intentions, ensuring that you have appointed persons who you trust to carry out your instructions.

Estate Planning Process

We will help you understand what you need to consider in your estate planning process to ensure that your future plans are properly dealt with and are in accordance with your directions.  There are many matters that you will need to consider in your estate planning and at Websters Lawyers we can guide you through this procedure and make sure that documents are prepared to suit your needs and preferences.

Sometimes a simple Will is the best way to deal with your assets and we will discuss your specific financial position and family situation to make sure the will reflects your specific instructions and your estate will be distributed in accordance with your wishes. Even if it seems simple, it is important when creating a will to obtain help from a lawyer.

If your particular financial and family situation is more complex, we can advise you as to how to best deal with your estate planning, depending on your particular circumstances.  In discussions with you, your accountant or financial planner, we can ascertain your specific objectives and how you wish your beneficiaries to benefit from you estate and we can advise you as to the most effective and practical way to document your wishes.

In assisting you with your estate planning, we will ascertain whether your assets are jointly owned as sometimes not all assets form part of your estate and will pass on directly to your spouse irrespective of your will.

Superannuation and Estate Planning

Superannuation is often one of a major asset that needs to be reviewed in your estate planning. Have you considered how it is to be dealt with after your death? Depending on the rules contained in the Superannuation Fund Trust Deed, the distribution after your death will be in the discretion of the Trustee. Where the superannuation death benefits are paid to the deceased member’s legal personal representative such as an Executor or Administrator, they become part of the deceased’s estate. Some people want to make sure that their superannuation goes to a spouse or children. We can advise you about Binding Death Nominations which require a Trustee to act in accordance with your specific directions.

Do you have a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund? Do you want to make sure that the control of the fund passes to a trusted person or persons that you have specifically nominated?  We can advise you as to who can control the fund if you die and consider what arrangements should be made to ensure payment of your death benefit to your preferred beneficiary.

Testamentary Trust and Estate Planning

We can also provide advice about Testamentary Trusts as a way of protecting your beneficiaries and potentially providing a tax effective way of dealing with income and capital in your estate.  A Testamentary Trust is a discretionary trust established by a Will and comes in effect after you die. The person managing the trust is called a trustee and generally will be your spouse or your children.  The trustee will have the discretion as to which beneficiary receives income and capital depending on their income.  This is a complicated area of the law and Websters Lawyers have specialised lawyers to give you advice about these trusts.

As part of the estate planning process, we will also discuss with you, the control of your personal, accommodation and financial affairs, should you lose legal capacity or you have a severe illness. It is important that you also consider the need for Powers of Attorney and Advanced Care Directives in this situation.

For further information on how Websters Lawyers can help you in these areas.

Testimonials

"Lawyer was helpful, unhurried and explained complex matters in easy to understand language. Provided information and advice over and above what we required."

Gail, Greenwith

"I found Websters Lawyers to be accurate and forthcoming. Felt like I was important."

David, St Agnes

"Very satisfied – especially with my hearing problem. [my solicitor] and [her assistant] were very patient"

Patricia, Ingle Farm

"[my solicitor] was highly professional and approachable. I felt comfortable asking questions relating to my case. I am very happy with the outcome, I recommend Websters Lawyers."

Belinda, Smithfield

"Lived up to their word."

Robert, Ridgehaven

"I was very happy with my lawyer. Keep doing what you do"

Jarrad, Elizabeth Vale

"Happy with service received and fairly priced. [my solicitor] very approachable."

Devesh, Albert Park

"[my solicitor] was highly professional and approachable. I felt comfortable asking questions relating to my case. I am very happy with the outcome, I recommend Websters Lawyers."

Angela, Hallett Cove

"I found [my solicitor] and the other staff at Websters Lawyers very professional. [my solicitor] handled the difficult subject of making a will by clearly explaining the steps and processes. The whole process was very efficient"

Joey, Kurralta Park

"The service was impeccable"

Michael, Trott Park

"I was very impressed by the highly professional and thorough conduct of Websters Lawyers"

Francesca, St Agnes

"I have engaged [my solicitor] on two occasions to handle estate probate matters and have found her service to be prompt, efficient and very professional. Thank you."

David, Gumeracha

"Very professional legal service, good advice. I will continue to consult on future legal matters. I’m please to advise I have recommended two people to Websters Lawyers due to the service I received from [my solicitor]"

Veronica, Modbury Heights

"Most helpful and all of my questions clearly answered and explained. Very courteous"

Peter, Hillbank

"My solicitor was prompt and efficient at getting my claim completed J"

Marilyn & Stan, Lightsview

"Websters took an extremely stressful time for me and made me feel comfortable and confident. They achieved the best possible outscome for my situation and came in at a lower cvost than first estimated so I couldn’t be happier with the service, process or people. Thank you"

David, Smithfield

"[my solicitor] spoke in easy terms for us to understand."

Peter, Klemzig

"Websters Lawyers provided us with excellent support and legal advice every step of the way. Their expertise in legal matters is unmatchable. They were extremely professional and courteous. We really thank then for their excellent service"

Gary, Golden Grove

"[my solicitor] was great, he kept me informed all the way through and provided great advice which resulted in a great outcome"

Fiona & Phil, St Agnes

"I have engaged [my solicitor] on two occasions to handle estate probate matters and have found her service to be prompt, efficient and very professional. Thank you."

Kevin, Findon

"All our questions were answered. A very good experience. I will continue to use Websters and recommend your firm to my friends."

David, Gumeracha

"I was very impressed by the highly professional and thorough conduct of Websters Lawyers"

Angela, Hallett Cove

"The initial phone conversation was very informative and professionally conducted. [my solicitor] who arranged our wills clearly explained everything and was very professional. We were very satisfied"

Wendy, Wynn Vale

"[my solicitor] was very clear and concise with all instructions. I was very happy with the outcome and pleased to have a professional represent me"

Richard, Wynn Vale

"My overall experience with Websters Lawyers was one of great ease at a very difficult time in my life. [my solicitor] answered all my questions promptly and explained everything to me that I needed to know."

Sheryl, Glengowrie

"We found the process of purchasing a new home stress free with the professionalism provided by [our solicitor] & Websters Lawyers."

Rob, Paralowie

"Very happy with the overall outcome with Websters Lawyers"

Gary, Craigmore

"Very professional and thorough"

Sylvia, Greenwith

"I contacted Websters Lawyers on the recommendation of a former colleague and found the level of service exceeded what I expected"

Belinda, Smithfield

"Making a will is fraught with problems and very emotional. [our solicitor] walked us through the process step by step, ensuring we got exactly the Will we wanted. Thankyou!"

John, Ridgehaven

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