Contesting & Defending a will

As the courts have a very wide discretion in Family Provision (challenging and defending wills) matters, you really need the best, most experienced practitioners on your side.
In Madeleine Reid, we have the Shire’s only locally practising Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates on staff. Madeleine, together will Wills & Estates solicitor Robert Kilgannon can assist you with great skill, care and attention to detail in this often very difficult and emotionally trying area of the law.
The experience and understanding that they bring to each matter seeks to minimise the emotional and financial toll that these matters can bring.

119 Cronulla Street, Cronulla NSW 2230

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Contesting a Will

Family Provision Applications

If you are not happy with the provision you received (or did not receive) from an individual’s estate, you may be entitled to make a claim for further provision.

Six classes of applicants are entitled to make a claim for provision

  • Husband or wife
  • De facto partner at date of death
  • Children of the deceased
  • Former husband or wife
  • A person who was, at any particular time, wholly or partly dependent on you, and, who is your grandchild or at any particular time a member of the household of which the deceased was or formerly was a member
  • A person who was in a close personal relationship with the deceased.

If you think you may have a claim on a person’s estate, need protection from the above claimants when drafting your will we would be pleased to assist you.

The court can consider:

  • The relationship with the deceased and any obligations or responsibilities the deceased owed to you
  • Your financial circumstances, including future needs
  • Any physical, intellectual or mental disabilities
  • Whether the deceased provided maintenance, support or assistance to you at any time
  • Your age and character
  • Any contribution made to you increase the value of the estate
  • Whether the deceased person has already provided assistance during their lifetime or from the estate
  • Whether any other person is responsible for support
  • Any other claims on the estate, and any other matters the court considers as relevant

Defending a Will

Is someone making a claim on a Will which you would like to defend ?

If you’re the executor or administrator of an estate, we can also assist you in defending the estate against family provision applications. We can assist in providing you the right advise and help you defend the will every step of the way to minimise the costs and delay in administering the estate.


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