WILLS &
ESTATE PLANNING

COVID-19 Response

FitzGerald and Browne Lawyers is still open and currently operating without face to face meetings to the greatest extent possible.

Phone and other electronic means of communication are preferred. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries. 

Make sure your loved ones are provided for. Have your Will prepared by our legal expert.   

We will take you through the process of preparing your Will in a straightforward way, producing a document that is written in plain English, easy to understand and which fully represents your wishes.

We can also prepare, if required, associated documents such as a Power of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship and Testamentary Trust, protecting you and your assets and your family. 

We can assist in relation to sorting out the legalities of a deceased’s financial affairs, including obtaining Probate or similar documents and helping executors (the person responsible to put the Will into effect) to finalise things. Probate is where the Supreme Court officially recognises the Will as valid and acknowledges the role of the person charged to administer the Will (the Executor). 

Call us to arrange a confidential appointment to discuss your Will or your role as an Executor, today.

Telephone: (03) 6224 6777

Email us: TheFirm@fablawyers.net.au

Office: Level 2, 115 Collins Street, Hobart Tasmania 7000

Mailing Address: GPO Box 1951, Hobart Tasmania 7001

Alice Prichard

Alice Prichard

Associate

Alice practices in the areas of Wills and Estate Planning and Civil law.

Alice understands that planning how to distribute your estate when you pass away can be a daunting experience, and will work with you to ensure that your plans are right for you, and your circumstances.

Alice has experience in all aspects of Estate Planning and administration, including drafting and executing Wills, Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Enduring Guardianships and Testamentary Trusts, and applying for Letters of Administration and Grants of Probate.

Alice also works closely with Roland on a vast array of large and small civil matters. She has experience dealing with a variety of civil claims including building disputes, breaches of contract, employment disputes and planning appeals.

In all aspects of her practice, Alice aims for an approachable and collaborative experience, to help you understand the processes and to work with you to achieve the best result for you.

NO WILL?

If you die without making a valid Will, State law determines how your assets are distributed. Unfortunately, this may not always be as you had intended.

In Tasmania, distribution of your assets where there is no Will is made under the Intestacy Act 2010  formula. If a deceased leaves no Will, somebody needs to apply to the Supreme Court for authority. This authority is called “Letters of Administration” and the person authorised is called the administrator. The duties of an administrator are similar to an executor and can include paying debts, collecting assets, finalising tax affairs and distributing the assets, but only in accordance with the Intestancy Act formula. 

The administrator that the Court selects may not be the person you would have selected if you had made a Will. If you want to have your own arrangements put in place for after you die, you must have a Will. 

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