What costs are involved when contesting a will?

Published 09 Sep 2015

Author: David Cossalter

The decision to contest a will can be a difficult one, especially when the size of the deceased's estate is modest. Not only will you accrue your own legal fees, but the executor's costs in defending the case are also likely to detract from the available assets left for distribution.

Nevertheless, if you've not been adequately provided for or feel the existing will is invalid, you may have no other choice but to pursue an inheritance dispute. In these circumstances, you'll want assurances that your legal representation won't take up a disproportionate share of the settlement.

A no-win, no-fee law firm, such as Gerard Malouf & Partners (GMP), is often the best way to proceed, as you'll receive high-quality services without having to worry about upfront costs.

Legal fees breakdown

Contesting a will can be expensive, as there are costs associated with court charges, gathering evidence and general legal fees. In a long-running case, these costs could become prohibitive.

This is why it's important that you know as accurately as possible how much you will be charged for your inheritance dispute. Here at GMP, we are transparent about our fees because we know how important this issue is to new clients.

In fact, we're the only firm in Australia that includes a clause in our cost agreements that says we'll reduce our fees if you are unhappy with the service we provide. GMP is happy to reveal that very few people take us up on our offer.

Our firm charges by the hour and we make a concerted effort to tailor fees to the size of the estate in question.

Complimentary 90-day service

We are so confident in the skills and experience of our contesting wills lawyers that GMP provides a 90-day complimentary trial of our services. This means you can receive free help and advice for approximately three months without obligation.

Simply give five days' notice within the 90 days and we'll hand you back your file. We're happy to make this offer as we believe before that time we'll have already established our professionalism.

The 90-day complimentary trial is only available to clients who specifically ask for us to include it in the cost agreement. However, we stand by our guarantee and hope you'll give us the chance to prove our lawyers are the best at what they do.

For more information, please contact us for a free consultation today.

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