Cooper Grace Ward’s estate administration and disputes team provides expert advice to clients about all aspects of estate management.
Estate administration refers to cataloguing and managing a deceased’s assets. Then, any debts are paid off and the estate assets are distributed to beneficiaries.
Settling an estate can take anywhere between six months and several years to administer. This time frame depends on the size of the estate, the age of beneficiaries and whether any disputes arise.
Greater complexities are arising in estates due to increases in personal wealth and the different ways clients own their assets. Estate disputes are becoming more common, often resulting from the terms of the Will, the needs of the potential beneficiaries, how assets are owned, or the conduct of the executor and beneficiaries.
The emphasis for executors is on compliance with the high level of duty and responsibility arising from their position. They also need to take care to avoid the risk of personal liability.
For beneficiaries, it can be difficult to determine whether the executor is providing them with the correct information, and whether the estate is being properly administered.
For advice on estate administration and disputes, call (07) 3231 2444.
Or visit our estate planning page to find out more about our services in this area and how we help clients to prevent estate disputes.