Published 24 Jan 2019
Author: David Cossalter
The overall cost of contesting a Will in New South Wales can vary, based on the size of the estate, length of the legal process, number of beneficiaries and other considerations.
A study conducted by Queensland University, the University of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Health Law Research showed that the median cost taken from assets was $11,900 in estates worth under $500,000. But, in addition to those expenses, around a quarter of those disputing a Will incurred many additional costs.
The first step you should take is figuring out if making a family provision claim is worth these potential expenses.
Considerations before contesting a Will
Before disputing, considerations may be:
Who can contest a Will?
Usually a close family member will decide to contest a Will. The same study mentioned above showed that 86 per cent of claims were brought by an immediate family member or members. Other people who may file a family provision claim under the Succession Act 2006 include:
How much will legal help cost?
If you're seeking legal help to make a family provision claim, many lawyers offer no win, no fee arrangements. This means that you won't have to pay unless the case turns out in your favour. This allows you to put the potential costs to one side during the process
Our experienced team at Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers operates on a no win, no fee basis, and we'll provide you with a free consultation. Give us a calltoday to learn more about our services.