What happens to your online accounts when you die? As our online presence becomes increasingly prevalent it is still uncommon for people to consider what happens to their online accounts after they die. Losing a loved one is always a hard time, but this can become even...

Making a Will and Power of Attorney during COVID-19 During these uncertain times, we have seen an increase in enquires from people starting to think about the future, what is next after COVID-19 and what may happen to their personal and financial affairs moving forward. Our advice...

What happens to a mortgage after death? With soaring house prices over the last few years it is becoming more common for people to pass away when they still have a mortgage over their property. The word “mortgage” is derived from the French word “mort” being death...

Delays in granting probate Delays can arise for many different reasons. Some of them are out of control of the Executors or Administrators. An example of this is caused by waiting on further information from asset or liability holders. There are also delays caused when joint executors...

9 common problems with Wills & Estates distributions One of the main reasons people plan their estates is to avoid problems and disputes between family members and other intended beneficiaries after they pass away. Unfortunately, it is sometimes the estate planning documents that cause problems and...

When and how to update your Will At Rigoli Lawyers we generally recommend that you update your Will at least every 10 years and at least review every 5 years. We anticipate that within every 10 years, your life will have undergone a large number of...

The importance of having an up to date will As everyone’s lives get busier and busier (not to mention facing major events), one thing people often put off is making a will. A will is an important legal document that allows you to plan for your family’s...

Rights of Beneficiaries of a Will in Victoria Who is a beneficiary of a deceased estate? A beneficiary is a person or organisation with an entitlement from a will. However, for the named person/organisation to benefit, both the will and the written bequest must be valid. It...

Caveat on Deceased estates Can you lodge a caveat on a deceased’s property after probate has been granted? The purpose of a property caveat is to prevent dealings with a property in dispute.  But it must be founded on legal grounds. A person contesting the Will and seeking...

We often hear of solicitors refusing to let family members see a Will after a loved one has passed away. What do you do when polite requests fail? The first step is to persuade them that you have a RIGHT to see the Will by alerting...

What is a grant of probate? A grant of probate deals with the assets and liabilities of the deceased. But executors and administrators also have duties and rights concerning the deceased's causes of death and body disposal. The deceased Cause of death- suing for damages and/or defending will...