Wills & Estate 

Wills & Probate

We can help you with advice and assistance about:

  • Making or changing a Will;
  • Applying for Probate or Letters of Administration;
  • Explaining your legal duties as executor/executrix of an estate;
  • Assisting the executors with the administration of the estate.

If you are wondering “Do I need a lawyer for a Will?” – the answer is yes, if you want to ensure that your Will is a comprehensive document. Having a Will that is correct ensures that the execution of the Will is a smooth process. 

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of having a legally binding and effective Will. Making a Will is one of the most important steps that you can take in ensuring that your family and benefactors are taken care of after your passing.

The passing of a family member is never easy, but when the deceased has taken the time to get a professional Will done, the execution of the Will is one less thing to have to worry or think about. At Bruce Legal, we can work with you to ensure that the Will is executed precisely according to the wishes of the deceased.

A professionally prepared Will works to not only to ensure that your estate is dealt with in accordance with your wishes after you have passed on, but also to avoid bitter and, sometimes, relationship destroying family disputes over the distribution of property.

In order to make a Will, you must be over the age of 18, and you must ensure that your Will is signed in the presence of two witnesses. Even if you have little left to leave, you should consider a Will as a vital part of your Estate Planning. If you don’t have a Will, your assets are divided using a fixed formula as dictated by the government.

Many people wonder “Can I write my own Will to save money?” And while you could, the potential for errors, omissions and problems after your passing (when it’s too late to do anything about it!) is not worth the headache that you may inadvertently bestow on your grieving family.

If you are appointed to execute a Will or deal with the estate of a deceased person, it is crucial that you understand your responsibilities properly. Our solicitors can advise you of your legal obligations and can assist you with Probate applications, gathering and distributing assets and liaising with beneficiaries. It can often be a very complex task as an Executor, especially at a time when you might also be dealing with grief. Don't do it alone, we are here to help. 

Elder Law & Estate Planning

Bruce Legal provides advice and assistance to our older (and most respected) generations in matters that most affect them and/or their carers.

We provide advice and assistance to individuals, carers of the elderly, and to commercial organisations that provide care to the older generations. These areas of assistance include: -

  • Aged Care issues (retirement villages / nursing homes);
  • Estate Planning;
  • Guardianship & Administration;
  • Superannuation issues;
  • Social Security issues;
  • Wills & Probate

With an ever-growing ageing, Australian population, it’s now more important than ever to provide the right kind of legal care and advice that is specifically tailored to our elders. It’s particularly important that the right kind of care comes in the form of estate planning, Will preparation and the administration of care in the event of incapacity.

Common areas of law also include superannuation disputes, contractual advice for accommodation and advice relating to disputes, abuse or discrimination.

We want to allow our ageing population to grow into their retirement and old age in a dignified, independent and protected manner. Our team of Wills and Probate Lawyers at Bruce Legal are well equipped to help you with all aspects of elder law and estate planning.

Enduring Power of Attorney

Everyone over the age of 18 should have an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). It is important to appoint another person as your attorney in the event that you are not able to make decisions on your own behalf. You can give your attorney the power to deal with all or any part of your financial, personal and health matters. An EPA can come into effect either immediately or only when you do not have capacity to make your own decisions.

If you do not have a valid EPA in place, the consequences can be serious. If you no longer have capacity to make an EPA and you become unable to manage your own finances then the Public Trustee of Queensland will manage them with little or no input from close family or friends. Ease the burden on your love ones and contact Bruce Legal for assistance with preparing an EPA.

Bruce Legal offer Wills and EPA packages. We also offer 10% discount for Seniors Card Holders.

Estate & Succession Planning fees:

Product Singles Couples
Will - Standard $180* $330*
Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) $95* $160*
Advance Health Directive (AHD) $120* $210*
Packages     
Standard Will & EPA $240* $400*
Standard Will & EPA & AHD $300* $500*

* Prices exclude GST

* Prices based on standard Wills only

* No Seniors discount on packages as price already discounted