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Benefits of Using a Solicitor to Help Deal with an Estate?

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The loss of a relative or friend can be a difficult and emotional time. For those with the added responsibility of dealing with the estate, it can be a completely new experience and a daunting prospect.

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Can I Make a Claim on My Grandparent's Estate?

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If you believe that you have been left with inadequate financial provision from your grandparent's estate, it may be possible to contest the Will. The Succession Act 2006 (NSW) recognises that a grandchild may be an "eligible person" to make a family provision claim.

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Nine Things You Need to Know About Contesting a Will

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Contesting a Will can add more uncertainty to an already difficult time. It is also a topic around which there is a lot of confusion. When thinking about whether to contest a Will, there are a lot of things you need to be aware of if you are to be successful. Here we outline some important things you should keep in mind.

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Why Is Appointing an Enduring Guardian Important?

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An Enduring Power of Attorney ensures that there is someone who can deal with your legal and financial affairs if you are unable to do so (see our article Do I really need an Enduring Power of Attorney?). However, it does not authorise someone else to make personal or lifestyle decisions for you. These may include where you live and what medical treatment you have in the future. In this article, we will outline the importance of the complementary role of an Enduring Guardian as part of your long-term planning.

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If My Will Can Be Challenged, What Is the Point of Having One in the First Place?

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Making a Will is an essential part of any estate plan. While it is true that a Will can be challenged this is actually a relatively small percentage. This should not put you off from making a Will. Instead, it is an encouragement to make a better Will, prepared by a specialist lawyer, giving a high probability of successfully carrying out your wishes. It should be remembered too, that if you die without a valid Will, the estate will be distributed according to legislation that may lead to unintended outcomes.

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