If you are reading this post, then probably you are a very responsible person. Why is that so?
Because you know that getting an estate plan created from one of the best estate lawyers in Darwin is the way in which you can secure the financial interests of your family members.
No, doing this shouldn’t only be done by those who are well-off or are of old age. As an adult, it is necessary that you take help from an estate lawyer to create a will or an estate plan.
What happens if you pass away without doing so you might ask?
Well, then the government intervenes and the family members have to go through extra proceedings to finally claim your assets.
1. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
A giant Australian law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is an LGBTQ friendly firm that has its presence in almost all states of Australia.
When it comes to contesting a will, they do so in 4 very simple steps. Besides this, they have explained a number of other common questions very well.
Their services related to estates and wills law is divided into three verticals.
They are deceased estate management, preparing a will & estate planning, and as we mentioned before contesting a present will.
Overall, they are a well-established firm that can trusted as it has built its reputation by years of hard work and giving positive results to their clients.
Address: 1/60 Smith St
Phone: 8 8914 2300
2. Tindall Gask Bentley
Another firm that has its offices at multiple locations. They have several online tools available too that you can leverage to see where you stand.
While other firms have a few pages dedicated to wills and estate division of their firm, TGB has gone one step ahead and has created specific pages for each subdivision.
The firm also creates estates and wills as per the Islamic sharia law. This is perhaps one of its kind of service that we have encountered of all law firms.
Do feel free to mail them at their email address [email protected] (Darwin office).
Address: 1/21 Cavenagh St
Phone: 8 8941 7814
3. Ward Keller
The firm has 8 highly capable legal professionals. But the point to be noted here is that they aren’t a dedicated estate and wills law firm.
Besides common estate law services, they also litigate several types of claims that you can read about on their estate planning page of their website.
As for the firm’s past, they have been operational since 1963 and hence, are quite a well-established law firm.
Besides telephone, you can also reach them at [email protected]. Their website also has a link to an online estate planning tool if you are interested.
Address: 2/6 Woodlake Blvd, Durack
Phone: 8 8931 3388
4. Darwin Family Law
While their name may suggest to you that Darwin Family Law simply deals with family related legal matters, they have quite specific expertise when it comes to wills and estate.
What we mean by that is they specifically deal with claims related to family provisions, administration letters and probate grants applications, plans for advanced care besides wills.
DFL has explained what these things are very well on their “wills estates” page. However, for those that don’t have issues that we mentioned above, they have to make a different choice.
Address: Level 3/9 Cavenagh St
Phone: 8 8946 1666
5. Maley’s Barristers & Solicitors
Peter Maley is the one who leads Maley’s. The firm mainly deals with probate and will related matters.
They claim that they make probate easy for their clients besides what it is in the first place.
Besides, they also tell when should someone be applying for probate in the first place and when should they not.
While like other firms they do explain what a will is on their “wills” page, they also tell us that your will should be saved in a safe place.
Address: 17 Cavenagh St
Phone: 8 8981 2266
6. De Silva Hebron
While they don’t explicitly tell what services, they provide in a structured manner, nevertheless they are an established firm.
The firm claims that it has expertise in estate planning on its “will estate” page.
The reason that they give is that while doing so, they take inputs from a significant number of legal professionals from their estate planning team.
No, they aren’t a dedicated estate law firm in Darwin if that is the question you had in your mind.
Address: 47 Knuckey St
Phone: 8 8924 4944
7. Hunt & Hunt Lawyers
While they fight cases spanning across large number of areas of law, their litigation and legal services are limited to administration and planning of estates.
Yes, they litigate contested estate plans too. H&H tells us about how simply creating a will and keeping it up to date isn’t just enough.
The firm has been operational for the last 90 years and now has offices in other major cities besides Darwin.
The insights section has 10 articles related to estate planning and wills that you can check out.
Address: Level 2/13 Cavenagh St
Phone: 8 8924 2600
While the name may sound comical to some, the firm means serious business.
Why you may ask? Well, for starters, they claim to be one of the oldest law firms in Darwin as they have been operational for 60 years.
While to be precise about when did they start working on estate law, then it has been about 30 years.
The firm has a solid understanding of how local laws work and can help you a lot.
Address: 3/69 Smith St
Phone: 8 8942 8888
9. Withnalls Lawyers
The firm explains why you as an adult need to make a will.
While many stop at this, Withnalls then goes ahead to advise you about whom you should make the trustee and the executor of the will.
Also, they fight cases relevant to the Family Provision Act. The two leading lawyers at the firm are Vanessa Farmer and Amy Noble.
Address: 22 Harry Chan Ave
Phone: 8 8941 1896
10. Slater and Gordon
Another well known firm but their expertise is in contesting and disputing a will before it is implemented.
Their ‘wills’ page is quite comprehensive and details every aspect of how they go ahead with things and the what the law has to say has also been very well explained.
Address: Regus Level 16 19 Smith Street, The Mall
Phone: 1800 444 141
As a Darin citizen, you can take help from these law firms and their capable best estate lawyers in Darwin for matters pertaining to what happens to your assets after you pass away.
Regardless of that, you can still contact them in case you have any doubts or reservations about what the law has to say about it.
While many of these firms do offer FREE initial consultation, we would sincerely advise you to ask the clarification regarding the fee structure and if there are any hidden fees too.
Needless to say, you as a client should also feel comfortable with the lawyer allotted to you.