A will is a legal document that specifies how you wish your assets and liabilities to be distributed following your death. A will nominates an executor or executors to assume responsibility for the administration and distribution of your estate. Other aspects of a will include appointing a guardian for minor children, burial preference and distribution instructions of personal belongings.

Coutts can help you draft, organise and execute a will for individuals or couples.  We will go through each provision with you clearly and carefully so you are confident in the decisions and distributions made. Coutts respects your individual wishes and choices and provides an ongoing support system for any future changes to wills or other estate documents.

Every first Monday of the month we are extending our hours from 6pm - 9pm for our Wills Express nights. These appointments are designed for busy people who find it difficult to attend appointments in the day. A Wills Express appointment makes drafting a Will a quick, affordable and easy process.

Probate is a court order confirming that a will is valid and gives the executor legal authority to deal with the assets of the estate. In the circumstance where a person dies without a will, a spouse, de facto, child or other close family relative can apply to the Supreme Court for Letters of Administration to be appointed as administrator of the estate.

Making an application for Probate or Letters of Administration in the Supreme Court can quickly become cumbersome for family members of the deceased because of the requirements, paperwork and steps involved in obtaining probate. Coutts makes this process simple by taking out all of the guesswork and completing this process on your behalf.

A Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows an individual or company to appoint another person to make decisions about your financial property and manage your financial affairs. In essence, this document gives another individual power to act in your name. It is important to note that even when you sign a Power of Attorney, you still retain all rights and powers to act on your own behalf to manage your financial affairs and carry out any transactions while you are able to do so.

Coutts works with you to help choose and appoint an attorney. These documents are helpful as you get older and require assistance to make financial decisions and manage your affairs.

An Enduring Guardianship is a legal document that allows you to appoint another person to make decisions on your behalf regarding your medical, health and lifestyle decisions when you lose mental capacity.

Contemplating end-of-life care can be emotional and upsetting to individuals of all ages. Coutts has a compassionate team who simplifies the legal jargon and provides clear direction and complete service to each individual and client.

While a person has freedom to make a will and distribute their property as they wish, this freedom is subject to the rights given to persons under Part 3 of the Succession Act which gives the court power to make an order for provision out of an estate in favour of an eligible person. 

Coutts works on behalf of you to support and defend your position to create a peaceful and agreeable outcome.

If you have been left out of a Will you might be able to make a claim that you receive a gift of money or property from that estate. In order to make a claim, you must first fall into one of these categories:

  1. The husband, wife or de facto (including same-sex partners) of the deceased.
  2. A child of the deceased.
  3. A former husband or wife of the deceased
  4. A person that was dependant on the deceased and either a member of their household, or, a grandchild.
  5. A person in a close, personal relationship with the deceased, additional conditions apply.