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WILLS, ESTATE PLANNING & DECEASED ESTATES

Our Wills, Estate Planning & Deceased Estates Services

Wills and Estate Planning

Deceased Estates

Estate Disputes

As experienced wills and estate lawyers, we understand your need for transparency, and we will always be open with our processes and fees. With our proven track record of delivering results for individuals, you can trust you are in safe hands. Speak to our qualified wills and estates lawyers to find out how we can help you today.

 Our team take the time to understand your circumstances and objectives and tailor a solution for you to achieve your outcomes in providing for your family and enabling smooth succession of your estate assets.  It is important to properly consider and design strategies and structures to protect and plan the management of your assets, both during your life and after your death.

We know that, sometimes there can be disagreements in a family or some family members can feel that the distribution of an estate is unbalanced.  We can assist to reduce the chance of those disputes at the outset by designing a thoughtful succession and estate management structure including a Will or testamentary trust, but if those types of disputes do occur, our estate litigation lawyers can guide you through the process and assist to achieve a sensible outcome with a minimum of fuss.  Our focus is on providing practical and helpful guidance and reducing the impact and strain on you and your loved ones.

Our team can assist you with:

  • advice on business and family succession structures,

  • preparation of simple and complex Wills and testamentary trust arrangements,

  • succession and estate planning advice and structures,

  • management of family disputes and contested Wills,

  • Powers of Attorney and other structures to assist flexibility with your personal and business affairs,

  • estate administration, Probate and Letters of Administration, and

  • restructuring

We understand your need for transparency, and we will always be open with our processes and fees. We provide results for individuals and businesses, so you can trust you, and your assets are in safe hands.  Speak to our estate planning lawyers to find out how we can help you today.

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

Richard Hamilton
Director
Stuart Wilson
Director
Peter Lumb
Associate Director
Andrew Lumb
Special Counsel
Greg Doran
Associate Director
Steph Chafer
Lawyer

Topics We’ve Written About

Understanding the Gift Over Provision in a Will

Understanding the Gift Over Provision in a Will

When creating a Will, one important consideration is ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, especially if unexpected circumstances arise. When making your Will, you will nominate beneficiaries to inherit your assets upon your death. ...

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Understanding the Essentials:  What is a Power of Attorney?

Understanding the Essentials: What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that authorises a person (the attorney) to act on your behalf. Depending on the type of power given, the attorney may be able to make financial, legal, personal and medical decisions for you when you are incapable of doing so....

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Understanding the Essentials: What is an executor?

Understanding the Essentials: What is an executor?

In the administration of a deceased estate, the term ‘executor’ hold significant importance. An executor is a crucial role and is the person authorised and appointed in a Will to administer an estate in accordance with the terms contained in the Will.  Often they will...

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Understanding the Essentials: What makes a valid Will?

Understanding the Essentials: What makes a valid Will?

In Victoria the elements of a valid Will are set out in the Wills Act 1997.  To ensure that your wishes are honoured after your death, it is crucial that your Will be valid because if it isn’t, your loved ones may incur additionally stress and costs in administering...

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Understanding the Essentials: How to revoke your Will

Understanding the Essentials: How to revoke your Will

Life is not always smooth sailing and occasionally it throws us a curveball, and suddenly your Will which you put so much time and thought into no longer aligns with your wishes.  Maybe you have had a change of heart, a falling out with a family member or assets have...

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Paws for thought – Including your pets in your Will

Paws for thought – Including your pets in your Will

Recently there was an article about a woman in China leaving $4.3 million to her cats and dogs rather than her children because she claimed her children rarely visited her when she was unwell.  This article prompted us to think about how with our animal companions...

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Testimonials

Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

"Friendly, professional service. Subject matter promptly dealt with. Will recommend them."

Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

"Ryan Curtis-Griffiths and Jacqui Azouz provided excellent legal work.  I am a lawyer in the United States so I expect a lot.  And I got it from Ryan and Jacqui.  They are knowledgeable, efficient and very easy to work with. I will use them whenever I have an opportunity. "

Professionalism, Responsiveness, Value

"I cannot find any words to describe the professionalism of thos firm. Everyone from the reception to financial services and not to say Mae who helped out was absolutely amazing. I had Richard Hamilton who was definitely someone I will always have to represent me if I need any further help. Keep up the fantastic work ?  "

Reliable Lawyer and Good Expertise

"Richard Hamilton is a very genuine lawyer with very good expertise, good values and ethics of responsibility. He is not one of the lawyers in the market who would deceive you with false hopes. I found him very reliable which is something you need when you are going through a difficult family court case. Richard is also very good in returning to calls and emails. I definitely recommend him."

Excellent services and advice

"Ryan has been my migration lawyer of a number of years now and has been successful in obtaining PR and Australian Citizenship for me. His advice is clear, straight forward and tailored to an individual's needs. He puts in the effort and time and always cares for his clients. Overall, I received a first-class service from him, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for migration advice."

The best immigration service provider in Mel

"In all respect to achieve your PR and the pathway for citizenship was done very professionally ! Special thanks to Rayan ( MD) who helped me in all the way throughout to achieve goal."

Best choice

"Ryan Curtis-Griffiths knowledge of immigration law, a skills in preparing all documents, excellent communication skills, rapid response to my inquiries, thoughtful and good listener."

Professional Service with Attention to Detail

"We engaged Nevett Ford Lawyers to prepare our 186 Business Nomination and Visa Application. Ryan provided outstanding service by assisting us with all his experience in the industry. It was the best decision to work with Ryan as he always listened to our instructions and assisted with timely advise. I would definitely recommend Ryan and his team to anyone looking for a Immigration lawyer."

Professional Service and Prompt Response

"Ryan and his team made sure the process of 186 Business Nomination and Visa application were as seamless as possible. We always received prompt response and correct advise regarding the matter. I would happily recommend Ryan and Nevett Ford to anyone who wants assistance with 186 visas."

Best Lawyers in the business

"Looked after me. Always made sure I knew what was going on and why, but also made sure my mental health was top priority."

Very professional team

"Great professional team, best communicating with the customer."

Legal expertise, Client focused service, Courtesy

"Nevett Ford Lawyers, including paralegals and administrative staff, displayed professional and reliable services. All staff with whom I interacted responded promptly to my queries and requests. Their polite and friendly manner was appreciated and reassuring."

Professional, Efficient & Supportive

"A Positive outcome of Permanent Residency from a Ministerial Intervention is what we achieved through Nevett Ford Lawyers. David Stratton and his Team have been highly efficient and professional along the entire journey through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and Ministerial Intervention. The Team managed our file with great care and patience while supporting us through the entire process during the past four years. We would highly recommend Nevett Ford Lawyers for their Professionalism and Task Accomplishments."

Ryan and Shalini worked extremely hard for us

"Ryan and Shalini's communication skills were what really stood out to us. They replied to emails most of the time within minutes and did a good job on helping us stay realistic about expectations as our case was extremely difficult and had a high chance of failure, they did a brilliant job of getting the visa through for my partner."

Service provided was professional & prompt

"Great communication, friendly interaction with all staff (including reception), prompt and did what they said they would do."

Navigating a tricky workplace case

"Generous with their time. Fair and pragmatic advice from which I was able to make an informed decision."

Mlam Camou (MlCam)
Mlam Camou (MlCam)
2023-08-31
I will recommend definitely this services to anyone who wants a clear and positive outcome for his immigration case. Professionalism and experience are also 2 very important points to consider when you decide Nevett ford to represent you. I am satisfy with their work to be honest.Thank you Nevett Ford Lawyers for your excellent work.
Lisa-Marie Hinton
Lisa-Marie Hinton
2023-08-31
My visa application was the most challenging time of my life. It was so much pressure, lots of tears and emotions. Ryan and the wonderful Team guided our family and secured my husband and children Citizenship and my PR. I think Ryan has a beautiful heart and is very kind. He listened to me when I was at my wits-end and could only cry on the phone. I would choose Ryan again. It has been a difficult journey but he never gave up on helping my family in the fight of staying together. Forever grateful. The Hintons xxx
Vivien Karabinas
Vivien Karabinas
2023-08-31
The expertise and service received by lawyer Sophie Stickland was efficient, caring and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend her. Thank you.
Jervin Paul Dhas
Jervin Paul Dhas
2023-08-30
Had the pleasure of working with Lili for my PR application and I had a very good experience. She was very responsive and guided me and provided updates in every step and the entire process was smooth and quick. Highly recommend their services and one of the best. Thanks again Team
Tom Simpson
Tom Simpson
2023-08-29
During the period between 2020 - 2023 i was applying for a permanent partner visa and hired Ryan to assist me.I had spoke to 7 other immigration lawyers prior to Ryan, and the general feedback i would get back was negative (installing doubt into my mind about the likelihood of obtaining a visa in my circumstance). Ryan was the only lawyer who had a positive attitude and was optimistic about my situation and gave me a lot of free advice about what i could do even before i hired him, this was a major green flag to me so i made the decision to hire him.I couldn't of asked for a better lawyer, i would highly recommended his services to anyone. Good communication, fast responses, never hesitant to answer any queries, pleasant to speak to and most importantly a good lawyer that gets the job done.I recently obtained my PR after a 3 year process and I cannot thank Ryan (and the team) enough for their service.
Hieronim Wiatrowski
Hieronim Wiatrowski
2023-08-23
Lili Sibic was ery professional and helpful. Highly recommended ????
Jessica Liu
Jessica Liu
2023-08-21
Awesome and extremely professional and patient. Highly recommended!!!
Antonia
Antonia
2023-08-17
Experienced, organised and friendly, Ryan is always helpful and reassuring during the entire visa application process. The entire duration has made him more than just a lawyer but a friend.
Hiro Kamisugi
Hiro Kamisugi
2023-08-16
Nathan and Jean as team helped me for my first home purchase. Even though I knew nothing of this matter, they made my whole journey nice and comfortable. Everyone around myself tells me that purchasing home is a very stressful journey, but I was totally fine with their help. Don’t think I can ever ask anyone else for my next home in the future!

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    Nevett Ford Melbourne Pty Ltd

    ABN: 80 144 697 790

    Level 16, South Tower, Rialto Building, 525 Collins Street
    Melbourne, VIC 3000