Ajak Wolan & Associates

Wills & Estates Lawyer Melbourne

Arranging your Last Will and Testament is a task we often leave for ‘tomorrow’. We can assist you in arranging your affairs so that your wishes can be carried out and those close to you can be provided for.

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Overview

Wills & Estates Lawyer Melbourne

Arranging your Last Will and Testament is a task we often leave for ‘tomorrow’. We can assist you in arranging your affairs so that your wishes can be carried out and those close to you can be provided for.

In what will be a difficult time for your loved ones, your preparation gives them one less thing to worry about.

We tailor our services to your specific needs, whether they are simple documents in order to give you peace of mind, some legal advice or more detailed arrangements to care for the particular needs of your family members and their financial or medical situations.

It is important to regularly review and update your Will, and Power of Attorney, particularly in the event of a separation or change of circumstances.

We also offer complimentary secure storage of your estate documents.


Choose us

Why Ajak Wolan & Associates?

We work to minimise the distress and inconvenience experienced by all who are affected by your death.

We provide a high standard of service, understanding and advice based on our knowledge, expertise and experience.

We have specialists in employment law, family law, business law and commercial litigation.

You can rely on our legal services for sound advice and commitment to achieving your objectives.

What we do

Our Services

Make an appointment today for advice and assistance with the following:

  • Wills, Powers of Attorney & Advanced Care Directives
  • Probate
  • Contested Estates
Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do I need to make a will?

A will is a document that sets out your wishes for the disposal of your property and assets after you die. It allows you to appoint an executor to administer your estate, specify who will inherit your property, and nominate guardians for any children. Without a will, the distribution of your estate is determined by law which may not reflect your wishes.

Why do I need a lawyer for my will?

While you are not legally required to have a lawyer prepare your will, it is advisable to do so. A wills and estates lawyer can help ensure that your will is valid and that your wishes are carried out. They can also provide advice on estate planning and the distribution of your assets.

How often should I review my will?

As wills and estate law changes regularly it is important to review your will on a regular basis. We provide complimentary secure storage of your wills and other documents.

What happens if I don’t have a will?

If you die without a valid legally-binding will, then the distribution of your assets follows the rules set out in the Succession Act 1965. This may not reflect your wishes and can lead to family disputes.

Can a will be contested?

Yes, wills can be contested by family members who feel they have not been fairly treated.

Will disputes are often a source of further anguish in an already traumatic situation.  Relationships within the family are tested and fees incurred can result in less accumulated assets. An estate plan- carefully evaluated by an estate lawyer- ensures your will is valid and minimizes the chances of this unpleasant and unnecessary fall-out.

How much does it cost to make a will?

The cost of making a will varies depending on the complexity of your estate. We offer a free initial consultation so that you can discuss your specific needs with us and receive an estimate of costs.

What is included in my estate?

Your estate includes all of your property and assets, both real and personal. This includes your home, car, savings, investments, and any other assets you may have (including business interests and life insurance policies). Estates lawyers also deal with any further estate administration necessary, such as the review of any outstanding debts or liabilities.

If you are seeking legal advice our estates team will give careful consideration to your particular situation and have the knowledge and experience to guide you through your options.

A legally-prepared will and estate plan is the best way to minimise the possibility of estates litigation and future disputed estates.

Can I leave my estate to charity?

Yes, you can leave your estate to charity in your will. You can also specify how much of your estate you would like to donate and name the specific charity or charities you would like to receive the donation. Estate lawyers ensure your wishes are upheld and legally secure, lessening the prospect of any estate disputes.

What is the executor of my will?

The executor of your will is the person you appoint to administer your estate. They are responsible for carrying out your wishes as set out in your will, including paying debts and taxes, and distributing your assets to your beneficiaries.

Who can be a beneficiary of my will?

You can choose any person or organisation to be a beneficiary of your will. This could be family members, friends, or charities. You can also leave specific assets to certain beneficiaries.

What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the authority to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make such decisions yourself. They can only act in the specific areas that you grant them authority over and there is a specific process that must be followed in appointing someone as an Attorney.

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