Expert advice to help you understand the meaning of Wills and Trusts
Wills and Trusts can sometimes be very complex and difficult to understand. This is particularly so if circumstances have changed since the documentation was first prepared or if the terms included were unclear or included by mistake.
Our expertise in wills and trusts helps us clarify the meaning of the documentation and will help you understand what options are available, should that interpretation not meet with your expectations.
What issues may arise in interpreting wills and trusts?
- The terms of the will or trust may be unclear
We can help review your documentation and provide expert advice on the meaning of the terms within wills and trusts. Where the meaning of terms is disputed by the parties involved, we can assist with applications to Court to seek clarification.
- Mistakes have been made in the document
Unfortunately mistakes can and do occur when documentation is drafted. Sometimes those mistakes can have serious implications on the entitlement of the intended beneficiaries. We can analyse wills and trusts, together with the circumstances which led to the documents being created, to advise whether there is evidence that terms were included by mistake. If so, we can assist with applications to court to have the mistakes corrected.
- Assets left in a will are no longer available
Gifts of certain assets may have been left in will, but were later sold or invested in a different way. We can advise you what should happen to the gift in the current circumstances.
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