Biological son in queensland left out of the will fights hard and gets a good result
Published 15 Apr 2013
Author: Garbis Kolokossian
Our client was a loving son, a caring father and an all round good person. His kindness and loving nature exposed him to being treated unfairly by members of his family. Even though our client saw that his father was being manipulated it was always our clients attitude to love his father unconditionally. He said “I have never thought about his estate, I never wanted to contemplate that, my father meant more to me than just his money”.
Our client’s father passed away and left his entire estate to members of our client’s extended family. Our client saw Garbis Kolokossian from Gerard Malouf and Partners on 13 April 2012. The initial instructions were taken and we soon learnt that our client was completely left out of his late mother’s Will. The entire estate was left to our client’s biological child and his grandchildren. Garbis Kolokossian took instructions from the client, prepared a notice to the executors of the estate and prepared the documents to be filed in the Supreme Court of Brisbane urgently. Immense pressure was put on the estate to try and obtain a result in an estate with very little value.
With guidance by his solicitor, our client found comfort in GMP Contesting Wills Lawyers fighting for him. He assisted by providing all evidence/ material necessary to bring forward his claim. This material was used to put together a very convincing claim to the estate solicitors. The reality was however that our client was a person of good means, had his own house, had a stable family relationship and had no substantial medical concerns or needs. After lengthy negotiations the Defendant’ made an offer of settlement for $88,000.00 to our client which our client accepted.
On 28 February 2013 the matter settled. Our client incurred minimal costs in this matter and walked away with the majority of the settlement.
Our client turned to his lawyer and said “I can’t thank you enough, you took on my case when no one else would, you got me a fantastic result and you didn’t charge me an arm and a leg. This really changes my preconceptions about solicitors and I will recommend you to all my friends”.
A fantastic result within 10 months from taking instructions. Another happy client.