Wills and Estates Lawyers Brisbane

We offer Will drafting and estate planning services to clients across Queensland to help you protect your assets and provide for the future.

Brisbane’s Wills and Estates Lawyers

Leaving behind a comprehensive Will is one of the best things you can do to plan ahead and protect your loved ones into the future. As a specialist Wills and estates Lawyer Brisbane-wide, we provide advice on planning, disputing, or probating your Will and estate matters.

Providing for your family and protecting your assets 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 simply growing older.

Our team of Wills and estates lawyers Brisbane-wide have the longest-standing expertise in this field and they can provide sensitive and personal advice that helps you make arrangements for the future. Don't put it off, working with Brisbane Wills and estate lawyers can help you develop a robust estate plan that can spare your family and friends a lot of trouble during a trying time.

Will Writing & Preparation Services

The team at FP Lawyers are experts in preparing Wills for clients throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Backed by an industry-leading firm, we understand that drafting and maintaining a comprehensive Will is something most of us would rather not think about. Contemplating your testamentary wishes can often be confronting and emotional. However, our Brisbane Wills and estate lawyers pride ourselves on ensuring we are sensitive to our clients’ concerns.

Unfortunately, not all Wills can guarantee that your estate will be passed onto your beneficiaries as intended. A robust Will prepared by our team ensures your wishes are recorded in the correct legal terminology and that your assets are protected for distribution among the people you love. As Wills are often complex documents, it is important to have your Will drafted, updated and maintained by our Brisbane Wills and estates lawyers. This prevents confusion or disputes in the future, and offers peace of mind that your affairs will be looked after.

Estate Planning Brisbane

Where a Will provides instructions on the distribution of your assets, an estate plan reaches further, establishing directives regarding your assets, family, health and other wishes.

Working with an estate lawyers Brisbane wide, we assist clients with estate planning services such as providing advice, discussing legal protection options for your assets and a full account of your wishes on topics such as:

  • Distribution of assets
  • Guardianship of your children and dependants
  • Power of attorney
  • Enduring power of attorney EPOA)
  • Advanced Health Directives
  • Superannuation Funds
  • Binding Death Nominations in Superannuation
  • Taxation issues
  • Establishing trusts for children and dependents
  • RAD or Aged Care Bonds
  • Specific requests and gifts
  • Bloodline trusts
  • Testamentary trusts
  • Special Disability Trusts
  • Statutory Wills
  • What happens to jointly owned assets when a partner dies
  • Funeral Arrangements
  • International wills

Developing your estate plan is a personal task, and our team of estate lawyers Brisbane-wide can provide the sensitive estate planning services you need. We will work with you to develop a plan that can be used to look after your affairs should you become unable to do so yourself.

Speak with our team of Wills and Estates Lawyers Brisbane

Working with our Will and estate lawyers Brisbane-wide to draft and regularly maintain a Will or estate plan is the best way to ensure your affairs are looked after properly. FP Lawyers has been providing Wills and estate planning services throughout Queensland for decades, and we can draft, update and manage robust Wills and estate plans on your behalf.

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

Work With Our Estate Lawyers Brisbane

Your Team of Experienced Wills and Estate Lawyers Brisbane

At FP Lawyers we owe a deep thank you to the handpicked team who continue to deliver the personal service and expert advice our clients rely on.

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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