Wills and Estates

Our large wills and probate practice has a long-standing reputation for handling all types of estate matters, from the routine to the complex, as well as disputed estates requiring a great deal of sensitivity. Bree Burns and Shona Hoskins are both experienced estate practitioners who regularly assist in the resolution of estate disputes, particularly matters involving the validity of Wills, claims for provision from an estate and conflict between executors.

With over 10,000 Wills in safe custody, Douglas Hoskins Legal can assist you in any matter relating to Wills and Estates. Whether it is a simple or complex Will, advice on estate planning, or assisting clients so they have the appropriate structures in place such as trusts, Douglas Hoskins Legal is able to provide a premium service. We can also be appointed as executors or trustees of Wills if required.

Click here to commence making your will with Douglas Hoskins Legal.

We attend to the preparation of general and enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Care Directives and can, if required, act as attorneys and guardians for clients. We are able to appear for you at the SACAT (formerly the Guardianship Board of South Australia) if there is a dispute about who should manage a person’s affairs.

In cases of disputed estates, where a family member seeks a larger or different provision from the estate than that provided in a Will, we are able to provide assistance every step of the way. We make every effort to assist families in settling their disputes and differences as amicably as possible, but if this is not successful, we are well equipped to pursue the matter in court to obtain a resolution.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Wills
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Disputed Estates
  • Contested Wills
  • Estate and Succession Planning, including Trusts
  • Advance Care Directives
  • Inheritance Claims
  • Affairs and Estates of Protected Persons and Minors
  • General and Limited Powers of Attorney
  • Tracing Next of Kin
  • Administration of financial affairs

 

Our Fees

For relatively simple Wills (e.g. all to spouse and if he/she is not alive then to children/grandchildren) our fees are (inclusive of GST):

Single Couple
Will $350 Will (2) $595
EPA $250 EPA (2) $350
EPA and ACD $395 EPA and ACD (2) $595
Will and EPA $450 Will and EPA (2) $795
Will, EPA and ACD $550 Will, EPA and ACD (2) $850

 

For testamentary trusts, we charge an additional $250.00 per Will.

For more complex Wills including family trusts, companies and businesses, we reserve the right to inform clients in advance that our standard fees will not apply.

For home visits, we charge a flat fee of $50, which may be waived for particularly short trips, or increased for particularly long trips, at our discretion.

Simple amendments to Wills previously prepared by us since 2007 (inclusive of GST):

Single $195.00
Couple $295.00

 

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