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Wills and estates disputes

Segelov Taylor Lawyers provides cost effective, high quality representation coworkers in Wills and estates disputes.

About Wills & estates disputes

Disputes often arise around the distribution of an estate following a death. Spouses, children or dependants of the deceased may believe that they were not properly provided for under the will, or that the will does not reflect the deceased’s intention. Further disputes may arise over the conduct of the executor. Whether you are an executor trying to meet your obligations, someone who believes they were not properly provided for under the terms of a will, or are a person concerned about the will being followed, we have the experience and knowledge to help. Email us today.
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Free Case Assessment

We offer a free initial case assessment.

We will obtain preliminary instructions from you and advise you whether we believe we are able to assist you in your matter. If we believe we may be able to assist you we will discuss with you the the process and the terms of which we can act (including the likely costs). The case assessment may be by phone, or in person. There is no cost associated with this case assessment, nor any obligation to instruct us in your matter.

You can contact Tanya Segelov, or David Taylor directly, or contact our office by phone, email or the web-chat to arrange your free case assessment.

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Segelov Taylor Lawyers was established in 2016 by two experienced litigators, Tanya Segelov and David Taylor.

A key focus of the firm is supporting people through the difficult processes associated with deceased estates. We are focused on providing fearless advice and representation that is minimises the cost (both in terms of money, time and energy) of disputes over deceased estates, while at the same time ensuring that our outcomes obtained by our clients reflect their legal entitlements.

We offer a free case assessment to all involved in wills and estates disputes.

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Fee policy

Segelov Taylor is committed to ensuring that people with meritorious claims are not prevent from acting because of legal costs.

When acting for people contesting or challenging wills, we often act on a no win no fee basis, or at pay at the end basis.  When we act of the estate we generally act on the terms that delay payment until estate assets have been realised.

Because we are a specialist, boutique firm with less overheads than some of the larger, generalist firms, we provide very high quality legal services at a lower price.

Prior to commencing the claim we will provide a costs disclosure which clearly sets out the fee arrangements.

For more detailed general information about our fees in mesothelioma and other dust disease matters, please see our fee policy page, or call us.

Common Questions

A person making a will must have testamentary capacity. This means they must be of sound mind, memory and have understanding at the time of making the will. A person is regarded as having the required capacity if they:

  • Know what a will is;
  • Realise in general terms the amount and type of property they are disposing of;
  • Can weigh the “moral claims” that they should be considering when deciding who to leave property to; and
  • Know and approve of the contents of the Will.
Any person who has interest in the will (or a previous will) of the deceased may challenge a will. This is a far broader test than for contesting a will.
A will can also be challenged if the will maker was subjected to undue influence or duress in the making of the will. A court will however only overturn a will on the grounds of undue influence where it is satisfied the will maker’s mind was coerced to such an extent that the resulting will was contrary to the will maker’s real intentions. This can be extremely difficult to prove.
There are not strict time limits, although proceedings should be commenced as soon as practicable.
An alternative to challenging a will is to contest a will. The difference between challenging a will and contesting a will is that a challenge to a will alleges that the will is not valid, while a contest to a will alleges that the will improperly excludes (in whole or part) a person who should have been provided for. Segelov Taylor are able to assist in contesting and challenging wills.

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Client Testimonials

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David Taylor got me through what could have been a rough time with regards to my family estate proceedings.  I had no idea of where to start, and was guided by David.  He was so approachable, always at the end of the phone to answer questions, and, was a strategic professional to have on my side. My outcome was favourable and I cannot thank him enough.  During the process I needed support, and he comforted me with his knowledge. I hope to remain a friend of this brilliant lawyer. He fights for your rights.

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