Dealing with an estate and applying for probate can be a stressful, emotional and time consuming task. This can place significant strain on family relationships, so knowing that the legal side is in safe hands is important. At Forrest Legal we can assist you and your family through this difficult time.
Sometimes, a family member or close associate of the deceased may wish to challenge the will, adding to the stress and complexity of the situation. We can assist you in dealing with such claims and advising on the most appropriate way of resolving the claim. Should the challenge result in the matter going to Court we can represent you.
If there is no Will we can provide the legal advice and assistance to prepare the necessary documentation to finalise the Estate. Sometimes this might be a bank requirement, or the Estate includes real estate in which case there will be specific requirements in order to finalise the Estate. Forrest Legal can also assist in unusual cases, for example where real estate has sold but an owner has died prior to settlement.
When acting as a legal personal representative for deceased estate, a decision is often required to be made regarding the future of the home or commercial property which was held in the name of the deceased. For instance, you may wish to sell the real estate or lease it. Our associated company, B&M Estate Agents, holds a corporate estate agents licence and can provide you with a number of services tailored to suit your needs. In addition, B&M Loans and Finance may be able to assist in providing finance to buy out other beneficiaries in a Will.
We accept instructions from interstate or overseas law firms where a reseal of a grant of representation is required for assets in Victoria or where Victorian agents are required for other probate matters.