At Borg Boga & Co, we understand the immense emotional burden that comes with dealing with the death of a loved one, compounded by the complexities of managing the estate’s financial matters. Our compassionate team of probate lawyers in Sydney are here to support you during this challenging time. We are well aware that mountains of paperwork, legal jargon, and family disputes are the last things you want to handle while grieving the loss of someone close.
When someone passes away and leaves a will, you, as the appointed executor, have the responsibility to apply for probate. Probate is a crucial legal process that grants you the authority to administer the deceased person’s estate. Without this probate document, you won’t be able to close accounts, sell property, or access liquid assets.
In situations where a person dies without a will (intestate), you will need to apply for Letters of Administration. Both probate and Letters of Administration applications should ideally be completed within six months of the death.
Let us assist you during this difficult time by providing the following services:
- Interpreting the Will: Our experienced probate lawyers will help you understand the deceased person’s will in terms of estate laws, ensuring that it is executed according to their wishes.
- Guidance for Executors and Trustees: We will provide comprehensive advice to executors and trustees regarding their duties and rights, helping them navigate their roles effectively.
- Liaising with Government Bodies: We will handle communications with relevant government bodies, including Centrelink and Veterans Affairs, to ensure proper coordination and compliance.
- Probate Application: We will assist you in applying for probate of the will in the Supreme Court, streamlining the legal process.
- Dealing with Intestacy: In cases where there is no will, we will guide you through the process of applying for Letters of Administration to administer the estate properly.
- Identifying Estate Assets and Liabilities: Our team will help you identify all estate assets and liabilities, ensuring that nothing is overlooked during the settlement process.
- Obtaining Valuations: We will arrange professional valuations for estate properties to determine their accurate market value.
- Collecting Estate Financial Assets: Our experts will assist you in collecting various estate financial assets, such as superannuation, bank funds, shares, outstanding loans, and insurance payouts.
- Estate Property Transactions: We will facilitate the sale or transfer of estate properties, including estate auctions if necessary.
- Settling Estate Debts: Our team will handle the payment of estate debts, including mortgages, funeral costs, and testamentary expenses.
- Trusts Advice and Administration: We provide advice and administration support for family and testamentary trusts, ensuring they are properly managed.
- Distribution to Beneficiaries: We will oversee the fair distribution of gifts and inheritances to beneficiaries according to the will’s instructions.
- Estate Tax Returns: Our experts will organize all necessary information for estate tax returns, ensuring compliance with tax laws.
- Family Mediation and Negotiation: In cases of family disputes, we offer mediation and negotiation services to resolve conflicts amicably.
- Contesting Wills and Estate Litigation: If necessary, we can provide representation and defense in estate litigation in the Supreme Court.
The team at Borg Boga & Co is committed to providing compassionate and efficient legal support for probate and estate matters in Sydney. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and aim to alleviate your burden while ensuring the deceased person’s final wishes are respected and executed appropriately.