Wills & Estates Planning Services
Estate Planning is relevant to everyone and gives you the opportunity for your estate to be dealt with in a manner that you would like after your death no matter how big or small the estate is.
At Carew Counsel Solicitors, we specialise in the following:
- Testamentary Trust (Discretionary Trust) Wills
- Memorandum of Wishes
- Statements of Intention
- Binding Death Benefit Nominations
- Enduring Powers of Attorney (for both personal and financial matters)
- Appointments of Medical Treatment Decision Maker
A Will is an opportunity for the Willmaker to ensure their estate is distributed according to their defined intentions. A Will allows the Willmaker control over the beneficiaries from their estate and in what proportion they benefit. Wills set out who will administer the estate and gives a further opportunity to the Willmaker to pass on assets to beneficiaries in a tax effective manner.
Carew Counsel Solicitors can provide you with the necessary information on how to benefit your intended beneficiaries without burdening them with unintended costs, for example with the use of discretionary trusts.
Testamentary Trust Explained
A Testamentary Trust Will allows your beneficiaries significant taxation advantages, protection of assets against creditors and some family law protection in the event that your beneficiaries should later find themselves in a situation of separation or divorce.
Where you have young children or children with disabilities or drug and alcohol problems, your assets may be left for them in a Testamentary Trust with independent trustees who can deal with the assets of the trust in an appropriate way to benefit the beneficiary and not allow the assets to be wasted.
To complete your Estate Plan and to complement a Testamentary Trust Will, we will prepare a tailor-made Memorandum of your Wishes leaving directions and a code of conduct that you would encourage your trustees to adopt in the event of your death. It will give your trustees and beneficiaries an insight into how you would like your estate managed and the reasons why.
Enduring Powers of Attorney – A ‘Living Will’
The Office of the Public Advocate defines Powers of Attorney as ‘legal documents that let you appoint someone to make certain decisions for you, or support you in making and giving effect to your decisions.’
Power of Attorney documents can be either enduring (it continues until your death) or non-enduring (for a specified time e.g. while overseas).
There are also supportive attorney appointments for when the principal is able to make some decisions provided they have the support to do so and to act on their decisions.
Enduring Powers of Attorney appointments can be revoked at any time if you have the decision-making capacity to do so.
Enduring Powers of Attorney (for personal and financial matters) and Appointments of a Medical Treatment Decision Maker, are part of a collection of documents that a well prepare Estate Plan requires.
Estate Litigation and Administration
Applying for Probate and Estate Administration
Carew Counsel Solicitors also offer estate administration services and tailors the costs to the requirements of each individual estate.
The Executors will always need to stay involved in the matter; however, utilising our services aids in progressing the estate matter efficiently.
The tasks the Executor can expect to undertake include:
· Advertising and applying for a grant of probate;
· Collecting estate assets and contacting necessary institutions;
· Payments of any outstanding liabilities;
· Administering assets according the Willmakers intentions;
· distributing the residue of the estate to beneficiaries;
· maintaining accounting records; and
· organising the preparation of tax documents.
Carew Counsel Solicitors can support the Executor(s) through each of the above duties and applies an asset by asset approach to costings, using its experience in dealing with asset managers including banks, accountants, superannuation funds and real estate agents.