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It is vital to have in place effective and valid Will and Power of Attorney documents, to enable your Estate to be dealt with in accordance with your wishes on your passing or if you require assistance with, or are unable to continue to make financial, personal and medical decisions during your lifetime, to ensure that these decisions are made by a person you nominate in accordance with your wishes. Click here to start your Will

Gone are the days when you could make a will and then rest easy for the next 50 years. The law has become more complicated in recent times.

For instance, are you aware that your will doesn’t cover your superannuation benefits or trust assets? You spend a lifetime building your wealth, so it’s important that you choose where it goes after you pass away.

At Burke & Associates Lawyers we are experienced in all types of succession plans, from the simple will to complex arrangements including testamentary trusts. Talk to us and we’ll give you the right advice on keeping up with the times so your affairs are in order and your decisions are respected.

The duties required in relation to the deceased person’s estate may be very simple, or they may be complicated, emotional and time-consuming. There are legal rules and obligations that must be followed which may include an application for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration from the Supreme Court.

Whatever the requirements are, we can help.

At Burke & Associates Lawyers, we have extensive experience in all matters relating to wills and deceased estate administration including probate, Letters of Administration, large and small estates, complex and simple estates, estates which include tension and conflict between family members, estates with standard or unique property, will contests ­– we’ve seen it all and we can help you.

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Our Wills & Estates Lawyers

Meghan Warren


Meghan Warren

Meghan is one of the few lawyers in Australia admitted in the State (Victoria) and Federal jurisdictions of Australia, and as an Attorney at Law to the New York State Bar in the United States.

Rohani Bixler

Special Counsel

Rohani Bixler

Special Counsel
Rohani holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University, and has practiced exclusively in the areas of estate planning, deceased estate administration and estate litigation and disputes since...

Margaret Girardi

Senior Associate

Margaret Girardi

Senior Associate
Margaret is a Senior Associate at the firm and practices predominantly in the area of family law.

Shabitha Sumanathasa

Shabitha works in various other areas including litigation, family law and property law.

Antonela Graso


Antonela Graso

Whilst completing her professional business and law tertiary qualifications, Antonela provides efficient and effective legal support services to our valued teams and clients.
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