Probate and Deceased Estates

A Guide for Executors
A Guide for Beneficiaries

At Dwyer Legal we understand that dealing with a deceased estate is one of the more difficult challenges in life. From mountains of paper work to legal jargon and simmering family disputes, they’re the last things you want to deal with when you’re grieving the loss of someone important in your life.

So, let us help you by:

  • Interpreting the Will of the deceased in terms of estate laws
  • Advising executors and trustees in regard to their duties and rights
  • Informing government bodies including Centrelink and Veterans Affairs
  • Applying for Probate of the Will in the Supreme Court
  • Dealing with intestacy (where there is no Will)
  • Applying for Letters of Administration (if the Will is deemed invalid or is absent)
  • Identifying estate assets and liabilities
  • Obtaining valuations of estate property
  • Collecting estate financial assets including superannuation, bank funds, shares, outstanding loans, and insurance payouts
  • Selling or transferring estate property including estate auctions
  • Paying estate debts including mortgages, funeral costs, and testamentary expenses
  • Advising in regard to family and testamentary trusts
  • Administering trust funds
  • Distributing bequests and inheritances to beneficiaries
  • Organising information for estate tax returns
  • Family mediation and negotiation
  • Contesting wills and defending estate litigation in the Supreme Court

Contact us to find out more or to arrange an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Us?

As lawyers, we are trained in all aspects of property law but also provide a full legal service. For example, we are qualified to provide the legal advice often required by lenders on signing of the Mortgage documents. Generally, when we are handling the Conveyancing for you, we will provide this advice at no additional charge. We are also available to provide this service to clients that do not use our services for the Conveyancing (for example, a Conveyancing Company that is not qualified to provide legal advice on Mortgage documents), with charges at our standard hourly rates.

We recommend that when purchasing property you review your Will. We will review your existing Will at no charge and also offer a discount on new Wills when we handle the Conveyancing for you.

Meet our Probate and Deceased Estates Team

Jo McCormack
Jo McCormack
James Ryan Dwyer Legal
James Ryan
Isaac Mahoney-Kendall
Isaac Mahoney-Kendall
Tanya Howard
Tanya Howard

Contact Us

67-69 Kepler Street Warrnambool VIC 3280
03 5562 1044