Estate Litigation Lawyers Melbourne

Contesting Wills

When disputes arise over Wills or estates, it can seem like it brings the worst out of your family members or loved ones. It is important to have an experienced estate litigation lawyer you can trust on your side to provide expert legal advice and help you resolve the matter quickly and cost-effectively.

Our leading estate litigation lawyers understand the complexity of Succession Law. The team are highly respected in the legal industry for their expertise in estate law and have the state-specific knowledge to be able to represent clients for all types of disputes that arise over Wills and deceased estates.

Whether you are contesting the Will of a deceased person because you feel you have not been left with adequate provision, or challenging the validity of a Will, we can help you understand your legal rights and what steps you need to take.

Often estate disputes can be resolved quickly and effectively by negotiation without the need for the matter to be heard in court.

If you are an executor or administrator of an estate and you are tasked with defending a dispute, our Will and estate lawyers can help you.

We promise to keep you updated throughout the entire legal process and will explain everything to you in a simple and clear way so that you know exactly where you stand and what to expect.

If you have been involved in a dispute or suffered a significant loss as a result of putting your trust in the State Trustees, we also have extensive experience in cases like this and can help you have the State Trustee removed from their position, or seek compensation for the mismanagement of your financial affairs, or that of a loved one.

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Our Estate Litigation Services Include:

Contesting Wills

At Attwood Marshall Lawyers, we understand that contesting a Will can be a contentious issue, however there are many reasons why this may occur. If you have been left out of someone’s Will, or inadequately provided for, we can help you understand what you are legally entitled to and help you make a Family Provision Application. Our Melbourne estate litigation lawyers can advise you on your prospects of successfully making a claim on the estate, and they will fight for you and support you throughout the entire legal process. Strict time limits apply so it is important to act quickly.

Defending Wills

If you are the executor of a deceased estate and are required to defend a Will in the event a Family Provision Claim is made, we can help you uphold the Will’s integrity and defend the claim so that you can fulfil the testamentary intentions of the deceased. Our estate lawyers in Melbourne will support you throughout the entire process to ensure the matter is resolved as quickly as possible.

Challenging Wills

A Will can be challenged for a number of reasons, including if there is suspicion that the Will-maker lacked the necessary testamentary capacity to make their Will, or if they were unduly influenced, or the documentation was not signed or witnessed properly, just to name a few. Our estate litigation lawyers in Melbourne have extensive experience in challenging the validity of a Will and can help you bring a challenge in court.

Executor & Beneficiary Disputes

Our Melbourne estate litigation lawyers can assist beneficiaries, administrators, and executors when disputes arise over Wills, probate, and deceased estates. We will help you understand your rights, duties, and obligations and resolve your dispute in the most efficient and timely way.

State Trustees Disputes

If you have been involved in a dispute with State Trustees, we can help you understand your rights and have the State Trustee removed from their role. We may also be able to assist you in claiming compensation for the mismanagement of your affairs, or that of a loved one. These types of legal matters can be extremely sensitive and difficult to navigate, however our legal team have the necessary experience and skills to be able to handle State Trustee disputes confidently.

Statutory Wills

We can assist you with applying to the Supreme Court of Victoria for a Statutory Will. The Supreme Court can authorise this if they feel that the testator cannot make a valid Will and the proposed Will truly reflects their testamentary intentions. A Statutory Will can provide assurance to minors and those who lack testamentary capacity.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers – Estate litigation lawyers Melbourne

Unlike many other law firms, Attwood Marshall Lawyers is not a generalist law firm. We have dedicated teams that practice exclusively in their chosen field of law. For all estate litigation matters, you will be appointed the best estate lawyer to suit your unique circumstances. With one of the largest estate litigation teams, you will have the legal services, support and resources you need to get the most favourable outcome.

Our compassionate estate team have exceptional communication skills and will keep you updated every step of the way. We understand that these matters can be extremely stressful, especially when you are dealing with different family dynamics and disputes. Our estate lawyers are empathetic and will fight for you and ensure you feel supported throughout the entire process.

It is our aim to reduce family conflict as much as possible and resolve your legal dispute so that you can move on with your life and put this behind difficult time you.

Meet our Estate Litigation team

Jeff Garrett - Legal Practice Director - Wills & Estates, Estate Litigation, Property & Commercial, Compensation Law, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Racing & Equine Law

Jeff

Garrett

Legal Practice Director
Wills & Estates, Estate Litigation, Property & Commercial, Compensation Law, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Racing & Equine Law
Lucy McPherson has worked exclusively in estate litigation since 2010. Since starting her legal career in 2010, Lucy has worked exclusively in the area of estate litigation. Lucy is based on the border of New South Wales and Queensland and is competent working across all jurisdictions.

Lucy

McPherson

Partner
Estate Litigation
Amanda is the Department Manager and Senior Paralegal for not only the Estate Litigation and Commercial Litigation Departments, but also oversees both Equine Law and Criminal Law divisions

Amanda

Heather

Department Manager
Estate Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Racing & Equine Law
april kennedy estate litigation lawyer

April

Kennedy

Special Counsel
Estate Litigation
Martin Mallon - Senior Associate - Estate Litigation

Martin

Mallon

Senior Associate
Estate Litigation
Lily is a Lawyer in our Estate Litigation team, specialising in contested Wills and disputes over estates. Lily has been working in law since 2018, with a strong background in estate planning, administration and contested Wills.

Lily

Prasad

Lawyer
Estate Litigation
With an interest in Public Relations and Law, Chloe took the opportunity to join the firm and became part of the Administration team in February 2020.

Chloe

Smith

Senior Paralegal
Estate Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Racing & Equine Law
Amber Roebeck

Amber

Roebeck

Senior Paralegal
Estate Litigation

Sienna

Marshall

Litigation Paralegal
Estate Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Danielle completed a law and public policy internship at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2019 where she worked closely with solicitors on matters relating to socio-economic rights violations.

Danielle

Moore

Paralegal
Estate Litigation, Commercial Litigation

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If you require expert legal advice and support from a specialist estate lawyer, contact our Melbourne team today.

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Heather

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