What is NSW Trustee & Guardian?
Published 02 Mar 2017
NSW Trustee & Guardian is a government organisation that prepares wills and administers the estate of deceased people, as well as providing a range of financial management services for those who are cognitively impaired.
In other words, NSW Trustee & Guardian acts as the executor and trustee for an estate in certain situations. The courts may appoint the organisation in cases where there is no will, the deceased has not chosen an executor, or the selected executor is unable to carry out their duties.
The organisation would therefore be responsible for both the administration of the estate and paying beneficiaries of the will. According to NSW Trustee & Guardian, its priorities are to:
- Ensure the deceased’s last wishes are followed
- Guide and advise beneficiaries of the estate
- Keep beneficiaries informed and listen to their views
- Manage estates effectively until they can be inherited
- Provide independent information and settle disputes impartially
But what if you are unhappy with how the organisation is handling an estate of a loved one? Or perhaps you’ve not been named as a beneficiary and would like to contest the will? Let’s take a closer look at some of your options.
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Challenging a will is a big decision, but if you feel the deceased has not left you adequate provisions or there is a chance the will is invalid, you should seek guidance from an experienced lawyer.
Furthermore, you can still pursue an inheritance dispute if NSW Trustee & Guardian is managing the estate. Perhaps you have information about the deceased’s last wishes that is not available to NSW Trustee & Guardian? Or you may simply feel they aren’t handling the estate appropriately?
You could be entitled to a share of the estate even if you have not been named as a beneficiary, which is why it’s important to discuss your situation with a contesting wills lawyer.
A no-win, no-fee firm can help with your case without you having to pay the upfront costs of a will dispute. In fact, you’ll only need to pay if you are successful and receive a settlement.
Are you unsure how to approach a claim against NSW Trustee & Guardian? Gerard Malouf & Partners Will Dispute Lawyers are experts in such matters and can provide you with all the information you need.
Please contact us today to find out more.