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 standard Wills, our fees are (inclusive of GST):

Single Couple
Will $440 Wills $770
EPA $250 EPAs $350
ACD $250 ACDs $350
EPA and ACD $395 EPAs and ACDs $595
Will and EPA (or ACD) $550 Wills and EPAs (or ACDs) $990
Will, EPA and ACD $660 Wills, EPAs and ACDs $1,100

For more complex Wills, or where additional work is required, we charge the following fees:

Testamentary Trusts (per Will) $250
Revocation of EPA $110
Deed for Mutual Wills $165
Binding Nomination for super fund $110
Review Trust Deed (per document) $55
Letter to Doctor regarding capacity $110
Letter to Attorney/SDM to sign
documents (plus postage if outside SA) $55
Home/Hospital visit $55

The above may be subject to our discretion for example, where a home visit is particularly close to our office the fee may be waived.

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