Step Daughter from St Clair Makes Successful Claim on $200,000 Estate

Published 06 Jan 2016

Author: Garbis Kolokossian

A lady from St Clair contacted GMP Contesting a Will Lawyers requesting advice in relation to contesting a Will of her late Step-Mother who passed away almost twelve months prior. Initially our client was advised that she was eligible to make a claim and was advised on the process of contesting a will.

Mr Garbis Kolokossian of GMP Contesting a Will Lawyers provided our client with advice in relation to the prospects of success. Notwithstanding the size of the estate, we believed that we would be able to obtain a result in favour of our client.

GMP on behalf of our client immediately put the estate on notice of our intention to make a claim. 

It became clear that the estate was only worth approximately $200,000.00 less the costs that the estate would incur in defending our client’s claim.

We provided our client with advice on how to contest a Will and best ways to minimise costs when contesting a Will. With a view of ensuring that costs were kept to an absolutely minimum, GMP Contesting a Will Lawyers commenced formal proceedings as a matter of urgency filing Affidavit evidence and forcing the Defendant to participate in round table discussions with a view of attempting to bring about a full and final resolution of the matter.

The Defendant was extremely difficult to confer with and was very dismissive of our client’s entitlements to make a claim. Eventually, the Defendant agreed to participate in an Informal Settlement Conference with a view of attempting to bring about a full and final resolution of the matter without the unnecessary burden of incurring further costs.

The matter settled. GMP Contesting a Will Lawyers was extremely happy to have resolved this claim for our client in excess of $50,000.00 in circumstances where our client was left with no benefit from her step-mother’s estate.

Whilst most people would turn this type of claim away, GMP Contesting a Will Lawyers believes in achieving justice for all persons regardless of the size of the estate and we will always compromise our fees, when necessary, with a view of ensuring that we obtain the maximum result for each and every one of our deserving clients.

If you have any questions with respect to how to Contest a Will, Contesting Wills, Family Provisions Claims, Estate Litigation or advice generally on Wills and Estates, please do not hesitate to contact us and speak to one of our experts. Remember your first consultation is always free!

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