Our lawyers draw on the diversity of skills across our team to provide a wide variety of legal representation for our private clientele. While our clients vary, their needs are often similar: protect assets, provide for the next generation, preserve wealth and navigate the changing stages in life with ease.
Wealth and Asset Protection
Wills and estates
A will is the best way to make sure that your hard-won assets benefit the people you love after your death. Without a will, your property may be distributed against your wishes and the process may be costly and time consuming.
Wills can be simple or more complex depending on your circumstances. If you and your partner are part of a blended family, you may need extra advice to make sure your money is distributed correctly. Our experienced lawyers can give you advice on testamentary trusts, mutual wills and other instruments. We will also help you draft it so that it
Estate planning goes beyond a will. It might also include establishing a trust so that your money is spent the way you want it to, or is protected from certain circumstances. You also need a binding nomination for your superannuation to ensure that they pass in line with your estate.
While making arrangements for the end of your life isn’t pleasant to contemplate, it can help your loved ones to support you and protect you if the need arises. Documents that can assist include:
- A power of attorney (POA). to allow your chosen attorney to deal with your finances and other assets for a set amount of time or an ongoing basis. An enduring POA operates after you have lost mental capacity.
- An Enduring Guardianship document, which allows your guardian to make medical and lifestyle decisions for you if you lose mental capacity.
- An Advanced Health Care Directive, which sets out your wishes for medical treatment if you become unable to communicate your decisions.
Contesting a will
If you think that you have been unfairly left out of a will, we can help. It is important that you seek advice early, as you only have 12 months from the death of the person to contest their will. Some of the grounds on which you can challenge must be made before probate is completed.
Contesting a will requires compelling evidence. It also requires that you are an ‘eligible person’ under the Succession Act 2006. We will help you understand the merits of your claim and what evidence you will need.
Defending a will
If you are the next of kin, or an executor of a Will, and someone indicates that they will dispute it. you need legal advice. We are experienced in offering legal counsel to those who might need to defend a will, as well as offering compassion and support at this emotional time.
Our services include:
- Powers of Attorney
- Enduring Guardianship documents
- Testamentary Trusts
- Grants of Probate
- Issues relating to blended or second families
- Support to contest or defend a will
Whether you’re an individual, family or a business, succession planning is vital. Proper succession planning will ensure that the hard work of your lifetime is preserved. If you have a business, it will also ensure that it is carried on after your death.
Having proper documentation in place will help create a seamless transition from one generation to the next. It can also offer peace of mind in the event that something happens unexpectedly. While a will is part of this process for individuals, succession planning requires that you look at taxation issues and risk management as a whole.
Our expert lawyers draw on the diversity of skills across our team, including our financial and accounting advisors, to ensure that your assets are protected. This means looking at your business structures to check that they protect your assets against the risks of liability, divorce or bankruptcy. We will advise you on the taxation implications of passing down your assets and offer ways to minimise this burden.
If you own a business, it is vital that you have documentation in place in case you want to retire or are unable to carry on managing it. This might include a power of attorney so that someone you trust can make business decisions on your behalf. It might also include documenting the various levels of responsibility held by others in your business, and specifying what authority they have in your absence.
We will bring our many years of expertise to bear on these and other questions so that you can make the right decisions for your situation. By understanding your business and goals, and helping you to put the right documentation in place, our legal team can help you secure your legacy.
Our services include:
- Advising and reviewing business structures and terms
- Drafting or reviewing shareholders agreements
- Drafting documentation to determine what happens to your business if you retire
- Business transition agreements
- Testamentary trusts
- Advising on and setting up of self-managed superannuation funds
Don't hesitate to get in touch for initial advice on your matter
We can advise you on the prospects of success should you wish to bring a matter to Court.
Ken has been in practice for over 46 years and has developed a reputation for being tenacious in protecting and advancing the legal rights of his clients.
He has vast experience in transactional matters, both in the commercial and domestic spheres. He is extremely knowledgeable in the area of Wills, Probate and Administration issues, as well as claims under the Family Provision Act. In his 25 years of charity work with Sydney Legacy, he has shown the same empathy, compassion and understanding in that endeavor as he does to his clients.
Ken’s role as Senior Consultant is grounded in common sense and wisdom gained throughout his career.
Gab is experienced in all aspects of deceased estate matters, wills, powers of attorney and enduring guardianship. Her compassion and excellent communication skills make her much beloved by her clients and the ideal person to assist at this delicate time in your life. She can assist with all matters relating to estate planning and administration.
Prior to her admission in 2018, Jennifer worked in indemnity insurance for both the medical and legal professions. This includes several years as Risk Education Manager at Lawcover. Through that experience, Jennifer has developed a deep understanding of the importance of strong client engagement in the legal process. Her ability to recognise multiple perspectives informs her approach to legal practice.
Jennifer has also spent 16 years living and working in greater China, including as an Australian immigration officer in Shanghai. She is equipped to manage a range of demanding situations and never backs away from a challenge.
In her spare time Jennifer loves bushwalking and skiing.
Accredited Mediator (NMAS)
Notary Public FANZCN
Howard is a highly experienced lawyer, who has built a solid reputation for pragmatic, clear and strategic legal advice. Over nearly 40 years of practice, Howard has advised both corporate and individual clients on every aspect of property law, wills and estates and family provision. As an accredited mediator, Howard is able to achieve workable best-case solutions for clients with estate or property law disputes.
His expertise spans commercial, industrial and residential sales as well as put and call options, stamp duty and land tax issues and company title matters. He has helped innumerable clients with subdivision, strata and development issues including planning appeals, as well as compulsory acquisitions. As well as being an accredited property law specialist, Howard is also a member of the Law Society Property Law Committee.
Howard takes a holistic approach to his practice, often combining wills and estate work and/or family provision advice with his property practice. In this way, he helps his clients secure their legacy and create generational wealth.
Jessica commenced working as a Law Clerk in 2013 and was admitted as a solicitor in June 2018. During this time Jessica worked for Howard Robilliard, assisting with estate planning and litigation and property law.
Prior to joining the team at Finn Roache, Jessica was the legal associate to two appeal judges at the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. During this time at the Court, Jessica has gained a detailed working knowledge of the court system, particularly at the appellate level.
Jessica’s diverse experience enables her to have a unique approach to resolve legal disputes. Her expertise is in complex litigation, estate planning, family law and property law.
Jessica is an active member of NSW Young Lawyers contributing to submissions on law reform and mentors female law students at the University of Sydney.