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17Jul

Are you ready to retire?

Retirement these days looks very different to the generations before us. It’s not as clear-cut as working one day and fully retiring the next. With the Age Pension eligibility age currently increasing from 65 to 67 by 2023, many people are choosing to transition to retirement with a reduction in work hours. Just as many

03Jul

Estate Administration Problems & How to Avoid Them

One of our biggest aims for clients is that their estate is administered efficiently and as painlessly as possible. A high quality, legally binding Will and Estate Plan can go a long way in smoothing the process. Sadly though even the best laid plans can go awry – and with no Will or plan at

16Jun

Estranged Children & Wills

Estrangement – Who Can Make A Claim? and How to Protect Your Assets It’s an unfortunate fact for some families that estrangement can occur between parents and children. While this situation on a day-to-day basis is difficult enough, it can become even more complicated when it comes to Wills, Estate Planning and Administration. It’s not

02Jun

Leaving a Legacy of Values Not Just Valuables

Did you know that your estate plan provides a great opportunity to pass on your values to the next generation? Often when a person is planning how their estate will be passed on, the focus is on financial assets and personal property. Of course this is important, as we all want to pass on wealth to

08May

Social Media and Estate Planning

Why and how to safely share your online details We all hear often enough how we should never share our online usernames and passwords – for good reason of course – but where does this leave a deceased person’s social media accounts? Many of us are active on one or more social media networks, whether it’s

24Apr

What to Do If Something Happens to My Business Partner

What to do when a business partner dies or becomes permanently disabled Going into business with someone else, particularly when it’s not a family member, is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. While many people give a lot of thought to the compatibility of working together and how the business will actually operate, unfortunately

10Apr

Why Wills & Estate Planning Is Never Simple

“My Will is simple.” Every day we come across clients who assume their Will is simple. This most commonly happens when a person doesn’t own a lot of different types of assets or they assume everything they own will automatically go to their partner or spouse. While the complexity of Wills varies greatly, they are

13Mar

Billions or Not…Estate Disputes Can and Do Happen

It doesn’t take billions or even millions of dollars of dollars for conflict to occur between family members. When it comes to Wills and Estates disputes can occur over many things. It’s not unusual for family members to disagree over relatively small amounts of money or even sentimental items.

24Feb

I Need a Will – How Do I Choose a Good Lawyer?

Choosing the right solicitor for you Like any industry, there are varying levels of expertise and specialities in the legal profession. Most people want to be sure they are entrusting their legal needs in the right hands, particularly when it comes to personal matters like Wills and Estates.   The question is then how do you

15Feb
Who can access my Will

Who Can Access My Will?

Did you know it’s not just your Executor who has access to your Will upon your death? In Queensland there are laws that make it much easier for some people to access or get a copy of your Will when you die but who exactly are they?

15Jun

More Wills and Estate Mythbusting

  Unfortunately when it comes to Wills and Estates, assumptions, myths and misconceptions are all too common and often result in heartache and expensive mistakes. Recently we wrote a blog post about the Top 5 Wills and Estates Myths but here are 4 more common Wills and Estates misunderstandings.

18May

Defending a Will

Dealing with the death of a loved one is hard enough, but it can be even harder when someone contests or challenges the deceased’s Will.  

04May

Choosing Your Executor

Choosing your Executor will be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make – but what exactly do you need to consider and how do you choose the right person?

18Apr

What is Probate?

When it comes to administering an estate, one of the most common questions we get asked is, what exactly is Probate and a Court Grant of Probate?

30Mar

The 5 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

Retirement’s great. Well at least it looks pretty good from the outside. I hope to do it myself one day.   You’ve probably spent most of your life shouldering work and family responsibilities. You start counting down the days until you can kick back and focus on you and just enjoying yourself.

Need advice on safeguarding your estate? 

At Gill and Lane, we’re experts at navigating complex estate planning and developing high quality Wills. Contact us and we can help safeguard your future wishes.

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