Deceased Estates & Will Disputes

Sensitively assisting with deceased estates and will disputes

Deceased Estates and Will Disputes

Losing a loved one is difficult. Further, handling loved one’s affairs can be complicated, stressful and confusing – especially when you are grieving.

At Mason Lawyers, our experienced lawyers offer sensitive, compassionate and sensible advice regarding estate matters and will disputes to help you navigate through the process of administering your loved one’s deceased estate.

We can help to:

  • Locate and interpret the Will
  • Advise the executor or trustee of their responsibilities
  • Inform banks, government departments and other institutions of your loved one’s passing
  • Apply for Probate or Letters of Administration as needed
  • Advise you if your loved one died intestate (with no will)
  • Identify the assets in the estate, and also any liabilities
  • Arrange for the sale of shares, real estate and other property
  • Distribute gifts and inheritances
  • Provide advice about taxation
  • Advise you about any will disputes that may arise

Complicated Deceased Estates

Our estate lawyers will provide you with tailored advice about your loved one’s estate to ensure that you can carry out their wishes. They have dealt with a wide variety of complicated issues in administering estates, including:

• Administering family trusts.
• Interpreting complex wills.
• Providing specialised taxation advice.

Dealing with someone’s affairs after they pass away can be emotional, confusing and stressful. We can help.

What if there is a will dispute?

Unfortunately, will disputes amongst family members can happen, especially when there is money or property involved. At Mason Lawyers, we can provide you with advice about the process of prospects in a claim to contest the wording of a will, or the fairness of how the estate is distributed.

Our estate litigation lawyers have dealt with a wide variety of will disputes that have arisen in deceased estate matters, including in situations where:-

  • someone was left out of a will
  • the estate is unfairly divided
  • beneficiaries could not be located
  • there were questions about what the will actually meant
  • there were assets interstate or overseas
  • the deceased person may not have had capacity to change their will before they died

Why choose Mason Lawyers for your Wills and Estate needs? 

Our lawyers are real people. We are compassionate and approachable – we are here to use our knowledge and experience to help you. Our experienced estate lawyers can help you administer your loved one’s estate and handle the sensitive nature of will disputes.

  • Over 20 years of experience handling large and small estates
  • Skilled in handling complex estates
  • Specialised litigation and taxation knowledge
  • Friendly, approachable and compassionate
  • Charge fees in accordance with the Supreme Court scale of costs
  • Convenient locations, or one of our lawyers can travel to you. We can attend at the hospital, nursing home and retirement village

Our lawyers will take the time to learn about your situation and provide balanced and trusted advice. Contact us today.

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Sharon P
I have recently used Mason Lawyers, for and Estate and selling of a house, I would highly recommend this law firm, especially Ross for the Estate and Gillian for the sale of the property. They where compassionate, sincere, caring, and professional at a time when there was a lot of grieving. They where prompt and on time with appointments. I would highly recommend this law firm.
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Very happy with the service provided. Personalised service - would recommend to our family.
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"I found your firm to be very professional and friendly, I felt listened to and understood, plus received excellent advice. I never felt pressured into anything that didn't feel right."
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"A good friend recommended this firm and specifically Jillian Donovan. I'm very satisfied with what has been achieved. Jill's professional approach helped explain any times I was confused. Thank you."
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"I have worked with Ross Mason of Mason Lawyers on both business and personal matters. Ross is a thorough, experienced and practical professional who provides excellent legal advice. He is the type of lawyer you only have to explain a situation to once and he "gets it". I would not hesitate to recommend Mason Lawyers."
Harry R
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Rosie A
"Most of our services were used at a time when I felt lost and was grieving and you made everythng so much simpler for me. I would have no hesitation in using your services if needed in future."
Frances C
"Our dealings with Mason Lawyers since the death of my mother has renewed our trust in the lawyer department! They have been accessible and explanatory in every matter."
Stephen & Lorraine H
“Jillian and her team were efficient but also caring and understanding of our situation. Jillian's communication and care were fantastic.”
Sue L
"Professional, reliable, and willing to go out of their way to look after me as their client. They listened to me and kept in regular communication throughout. A big thank you to Jade and Jill especially. I will definitely be back next time I need a conveyancer or want to update my will - and highly recommend to anyone looking for a family lawyer or conveyancer :)"
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Graham S
"Jade Evelyn understood what I was going through at that time of my life. She treated me like a human being, not like a dollar sign."
Alan B
“I had very little experience with dealing with a lawyer and this was a very difficult case. I always felt confident, particularly in dealing with Jade Evelyn. She was always so capable and understanding of the huge problems I was dealing with. The result of the case was excellent. If I ever have the need in the future to call a lawyer I would not go anywhere except Masons."
Nita J
"I trust the team. Everything was handled smoothly. The experience from start to finish was non-stressful during a particularly unsettling time."
Kevin S
"I really felt safe in a situation I had not done before by myself. The steps were clearly laid out for me. Jill was friendly and professional."
Jenny T
"Steve always understands what I need - and the support staff are very friendly."
Margaret B
"The standard of service at every level throughout my matter was outstanding."
Ruth B
“We feel that every potential problem was attended to before an issue occurred. Thank you Jill.”
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"I have never been to a law firm and thought I would be like a fish out of water and yet everyone was so kind and inclusive."
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"It was easy to complete and make a will - not so daunting."
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