Oakleys Law’s experienced Deceased Estates team is able to advise you on all matters regarding the estate of someone who has passed away.
All of our Lawyers can advise you on the tasks to be attended to in your role as Executor (where there is a will) or administrator (where there is no will). In addition, our office can take on such a role on your behalf and take care of all things required to take care of the estate and ensure that the assets are distributed.
We can assist you with:
- Transferring property held in joint names
- Applying for and obtaining a Grant of Probate from the Supreme Court (where there is a Will)
- Obtaining Letters of Administration from the Supreme Court (where there is no Will)
- Selling property (real estate and goods)
- Obtaining funds held in investments such as managed funds, shares and bank accounts
- Accessing funds to pay outstanding accounts
- Meeting the requirements of the Australian Tax Office (often in conjunction with the estate’s accountant)
- Claims by creditors and other persons seeking a share of the estate
- Challenges to the validity of a will
If you consider that you have not been adequately provided for in a will, we can advise you on your rights to make an application to the Supreme Court (called a part IV application) to challenge the terms of the will.
We can also advise you on whether you can challenge the validity of a will.