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When a loved one dies, it is an emotional time for family and friends. But it is a time when thought must be given to the legal consequences of death.

There are many issues that arise when someone dies. There are organizations to notify, services to cancel, bills to pay and financial and property affairs to be dealt with.  It may also be necessary to apply for a Grant of Probate if there is a will, or Letters of Administration if there is no will.  This can be a complex undertaking.  At Burke & Associates Lawyers we can assist with all aspects of deceased estate administration.

Unfortunately, not all deceased estates can be finalized quickly.  The law allows for claims against an estate and challenges to the validity of a will.  We have experience in all aspects of such claims having acted for the people challenging wills, for executors defending claims and for beneficiaries caught up in the middle.  Regardless of your role, we can assist in complex deceased estate matters.

Here is a useful guide to Victoria’s intestacy provisions.

Our Probate Lawyers

Meghan Warren

Principal

Meghan Warren

Principal
LL.B GAICD
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
LL.B (HONS) BA (PSYCH)
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

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