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...

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...

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...

What is probate of a will in Victoria?   These are the most common enquiries we receive about Probate: What is Probate? Do I need a grant of probate? What happens If I'm the executor and I can’t afford the funeral expenses? Am I capable of...

Prices for wills these days vary these days-from a couple hundred dollars for the usual basic husband and wife type of will where the asset structure is simple- to thousands where a testamentary trust is required due to complex nature of the will and greater...

What are the grounds for challenging a will? Family members, dependents and beneficiaries named in a will may distrust the will’s validity, alleging that it should not stand as the testator’s last will. To challenge a will an applicant requires ‘standing’, which essentially means they must...

Can my stepchildren contest my will? Under Victorian Law there are limitations to the types of persons that can contest wills. These days with the increasing divorce rates there are more and more "blended" families and hence stepchildren. Does a stepchild have standing to challenge a...

Dealing with the Funeral Director There are often funeral arrangement disputes between family members as to who can arrange the funeral of a deceased loved one.  The poor funeral directors have to then work out who can they legally take as their client. The law,  at least...

How to contest a will Discover our top 6 tips on how to contest a will and how to know can will be contested. Get a copy of the Will This is not always possible if the executor is resisting.  However, if you are an immediate family member...

What is a testamentary trust will and do I need one? You’ve worked hard to build your wealth, and don’t want the assets to go to the tax man, or be collected by your beneficiaries’ creditors. Why have a testamentary trust in a will? You can spend a...