Trusts, Will and Estates

We understand the high importance of being able to control what happens to your assets both during your lifetime and upon your passing away.  Many of our clients come to us anxious about protecting their hard earned wealth and ensuring that family members and affairs are appropriately looked after.   We provide our clients with advice based on their current circumstances, including recommending asset holding structures and identifying areas where their assets are exposed to creditor claims.  We look at the specific needs of our clients and tailor our solutions to advise them of the best vehicle through which to manage their assets.


Alternative Resolution Strategies

Our team is also experienced in advising on alternative dispute resolution avenues.  We will assist to identify which avenue is most appropriate to your case.  In certain situations, it may be worthwhile to pursue a resolution through mediation or arbitration.  We have experience in these areas and can provide the relevant information and representation when they are employed.

Creating a Family Trust can be an effective way to dictate how your assets are to be managed or paid out on your behalf, and to ensure that your family members are properly looked after according to your wishes.  A carefully created Trust can also have many other benefits such as preventing relationship property claims, and protection against creditors.  We have considerable expertise in the Family Trust area and can provide sound advice on creating a Trust that works in the way that you want it to.  We enable the client to understand the Trust by giving clear and careful interpretations of its legal effect.  Our detailed accuracy and insight prevent errors that could affect the integrity of the Trust’s asset protection.

Challenging Trusts
If a Trust is already in place, you may feel that it has an unfair impact on other rights.  For example a trust may affect the legal treatment of relationship property or dispositions under a will.  We may be able to assist you to challenge a Family Trust by assessing whether it has a proper legal basis and to consider any terms that may indicate that it should be applied in a different way.  Our experience in trust law will means we can offer accurate and meaningful advice about the success of such a challenge.