Wills and Estates Lawyers Brisbane

We’re experienced Wills and estate lawyers in Brisbane. Our team offers compassionate services to help you protect your family, assets and future.

Our Wills and Estates Services

Brisbane’s Wills and Estates Lawyers

The team at FP Lawyers are experienced Wills and estate lawyers in Brisbane. When you need to plan for the future, we can help you manage your family, assets, businesses and health.

Leaving behind a comprehensive Will is the best way to plan ahead and protect your loved ones. As a specialist Wills and estates lawyer, we provide advice on planning, disputing, or probating your Will and estate matters.

Providing for your family is one of the most important things you can do with your life. Having an up to date Will and estate plan ensures your hard work is looked after.

Ideally, your Will should be updated each time you celebrate a major milestone in life, such as changing jobs, expanding your family, purchasing property or growing older.

Our team of Wills and estates lawyers has long-standing expertise in this field. We understand that planning for the future can be a sensitive topic, so we provide compassionate and caring services to help you plan ahead.

The best time to make a Will is now. FP Lawyers can help you develop an estate plan that protects your family and can spare them a lot of trouble during a trying time. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote on your Will and estate plan.

Why You Should Work With FP Lawyers

Specialist Wills and Estate Lawyers

Wills and estates are our longest-standing fields of expertise. We can manage the most complex estates, looking after your interests, now and into the future.

Flexible Estate Administration

Our flexible service puts you in control of your estate. We can take care of as much of the work as you need, so you can choose how involved you want to be.

Expert Court Representation

FP Lawyers provides expert representation for court matters. If we attend court while planning, disputing or probating a Will, you’ll receive the support you need.

Personalised and Caring Advice

Creating a Will or planning your estate can be a confronting process. We provide compassionate service and caring advice that’s personalised to your needs.

Wills and Estate Lawyers With Offices Across Brisbane

We’ve been providing Wills and estate planning services in Brisbane for more than three decades.

FP Lawyers operates from offices in Balmoral, Sunnybank Hills and on the Gold Coast. That allows us to help clients from all over Brisbane, as well as across the country. You are welcome to make an in-person appointment to manage your Will and estate plan. If you are unable to visit one of our offices, we can also arrange consultations via video call.

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Your Team Of Experienced Wills And Estate Lawyers Brisbane

Working with our Will and estate lawyers in Brisbane makes it easy to draft and maintain a Will or estate plan. FP Lawyers has been providing Wills and estate planning services throughout Queensland for decades, so we can draft, update and manage Wills and estate plans on your behalf.

Contact us to find out more or to receive a free, no-obligation quote.

Katherine Parasyn


Alyce Carpin - Principal Lawyer at FP Lawyers

Alyce Carpin

Principal Lawyer

Wills and Estates Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to contest a Will?

There is no average cost to contest a Will. Rather, you can expect to pay anywhere between $20,000 and $100,000 or more, depending on how complex the matter is. It may only cost $10,000 to $30,000 to reach an out-of-court settlement, but it can cost over $100,000 if the matter goes to trial.

In most cases our Wills and estates Lawyers Brisbane strive to settle contested Wills out of court. This provides the best outcome for everyone involved and allows you to avoid the time and expense of taking the matter to court. FP Lawyers can provide court representation where necessary, but we recommend alternatives wherever possible.

What do I need to make a Will?

In Queensland, a Will must be a written document that is signed and dated in the presence of two witnesses who are over 18 years of age. Your witnesses must be impartial and they cannot benefit from the Will or know someone who may benefit from the Will. The only other things you need to provide are a list of your assets and the personal details of your beneficiaries and executors.

Do you need a lawyer to make a Will?

No. It’s strongly recommended that you engage a Lawyer to help write your Will, but you can also write a Will on your own, or make your Will with the Public Trustee.

While it’s not a requirement, Wills should always be written with input from experienced estate lawyer Brisbane wide. Your Will is a legal document that’s designed to help fulfil your wishes and provide for your loved ones after you have passed away. If your Will isn’t prepared properly, or if it leaves out details about your assets or wishes, it can cause serious stress for your family. 

A professional Wills and estates Lawyer Brisbane has the experience to draft a comprehensive document and help you decide what’s best for you, your family and your situation.

How to make a Will in Australia

In Australia you can make a Will with a Lawyer, write it on your own, or make an appointment with your state’s Public Trustee. To make a comprehensive Will you need to provide:

  • A list of assets (including cash, property, vehicles and valuable possessions)
  • The personal details of your executors
  • The personal details of your beneficiaries
  • Guardianship provisions for your children and dependents
  • Instructions on how to distribute your assets
  • Any specific instructions for your funeral

It’s important to be exact when making a Will. The more precise you are, the easier it is for your Wills and estate Lawyers Brisbane to ensure your wishes are met. This is critical if you have a spouse, children or dependents that you wish to provide for. If you don’t make appropriate Guardianship arrangements, you’ll have no control over the Court’s decision.

What is Probate QLD and how long does it take?

Probate is a Supreme Court document that empowers the executor of a Will with the authority to perform their role. In Queensland it typically takes 6-8 weeks to obtain probate, depending on how busy the Supreme Court is. Probate is usually required by organisations like banks before they will release an estate’s funds for distribution to its beneficiaries.

Probate can only be granted to the executor(s) of a Will. Obtaining probate is often a complicated process. While you aren’t required to engage professional help, a Wills and estates Lawyer Brisbane can make it significantly easier to obtain the grant of probate you need to carry out your role as executor.

How do you apply for a letter of administration?

To apply for letters of administration you need to:

  1. Search for a Will
  2. Get a copy of the death certificate
  3. Determine whether you’re entitled to act as an administrator
  4. Advertise your intention to apply for letters of administration
  5. File your application forms

Filing for letters of administration can be a lengthy and complicated process. You will also be required to advertise your intention to apply in the correct legal journal, and you may need to pay a fee if the estate’s value is over a certain threshold. Working with estate lawyer Brisbane wide can greatly simplify the process of obtaining letters of administration and ensure you are empowered to administer the deceased’s estate.

Can you contest a Will if you think it’s unfair?

Yes. You can contest a Will if you think it’s unfair. However, it’s not enough to simply state that a Will is “unfair.” You will need to challenge the Will based on one of the following issues:

  • It fails to adequately provide for all family members
  • The legal requirements for creating the Will weren’t observed
  • The Will doesn’t reflect the deceased’s true intentions
  • There was undue influence by an outside party while the Will was being written
  • Provisions in the Will don’t match the intention of the provision

There is no legal requirement for Wills to be fair. Unfair Wills are a common occurrence, and there often isn’t much you can do to contest an issue. You need to speak to a Wills and estates lawyer Brisbane to determine whether you have a valid challenge.

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