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Wills & Estates and Other Legal Services in Lismore
At S+P Lawyers, we provide a wide range of commercial and transactional legal services. The firm has a long-standing tradition of providing high quality legal services for business and commercial clients in the region. Whether you operate an established business or are just starting with your first venture, we provide counsel, expertise and assistance to suit your needs.
The property team at S+P Lawyers has successfully acted for buyers and sellers of property on the North Coast for more than 25 years. When it comes to buying and selling property, we know you want a trouble-free transaction. Our regional knowledge, expertise and attention to every detail combine to ensure transactions happen as smoothly and quickly as possible.
Whether you are buying your first house or selling an investment property, S+P Lawyers can provide assistance with the entire conveyancing process. We offer friendly, reliable advice on all aspects of the transaction, manage issues quickly and negotiate with other parties successfully on your behalf.
We offer quality service at affordable fixed prices with no hidden extras. For more information, see our schedule of fees for conveyancing transactions.
As your legal team we:
- Take care of all your property’s legal requirements
- Assist in buying or selling properties/homes in New South Wales or Queensland
- Are clear and upfront about costs, including stamp duty, solicitors fees, mortgage arrangement, registration fees, building and pest reports
- Ensure you understand the Marketing Contract (Contract of Sale) and you are aware of your obligations
- Organise searches, enquiries and reports that affect the property, including ensuring there are no government claims or other interests affecting the land
- Negotiate special terms and conditions for the sale or purchase
- Attend to your lender’s requirements
- Manage contract exchange, including assistance with deposit guarantee bonds if needed
- Attend to stamp duty payment
- Organise settlement to take the stress out of this crucial time
We are experienced in:
- Buying and selling at auctions and private sale
- Buying and selling houses, units, rural properties of all sizes and vacant land
- Buying off the plan
- Investment properties
- Leasing commercial and residential property
- Retirement village contracts
- Strata and community title properties
An expertly written Will and a well-planned Estate bring true peace of mind. It is one of the best investments you can make for your family’s future. At S+P Lawyers, we offer a specialised, highly experienced Wills and Estate Team.
The Wills and Estate Plans we prepare for our clients are as individual as you are. In preparing your Will, we obtain detailed instructions from you, advise you through each step and ensure the Will accurately reflects your wishes. That’s our promise.
We also help you guard against the most common mistakes made when preparing a Will, such as not keeping your Will up-to-date, not providing for dependants, leaving someone out, being ambiguous or too informal, not specifying debts to be paid or taking tax into account, not nominating guardians, bequeathing assets not owned by you, using beneficiaries as witnesses, and not telling people where your Will is located!
For many people, the Wills we prepare are straightforward. As an example, your Will appoints your spouse/partner as the executor and beneficiary, and in the event of that person’s death, appoints one or more of your children as executors and leaves the whole of the estate equally between the children. Wills like these still need careful attention to detail, yet are reasonably quick to complete.
But as in life, things are not always that simple. Our Wills and Estate team also has extensive experience in preparing more complex Wills, such as those for blended families, where one or both partners were married previously, and have children from previous relationships and children of their own.
Some Wills need more detailed estate planning tools, including testamentary trusts, accounting for partnerships, companies, superannuation, farms, businesses and substantial assets with family trusts or other complex arrangements.
In many cases, our team works with financial planners, accountants and other tax experts to ensure your Estate Plan is optimised for the best result. It’s never a matter of one size fits all.
Our solicitors are happy to attend at a hospital, hospice or care facility if you are unable to come into one of our offices.
As your legal team we take care of all your Will and Estate Planning needs including:
- Appointing appropriate Executors and Trustees – those you choose to administer your Estate
- Appointing Testamentary Guardians – essential when you have young children
- Establishing Testamentary Trusts
- Appointing Enduring Guardians for health and lifestyle matters should you be unable to make decisions for yourself
- Making an Advance Directive Health Care plan
- Establishing enduring Powers of Attorney
- Taxation implications
- Specific gifts
- Setting up Trusts during your lifetime
- Keeping your Will/Power of Attorney/Enduring Guardian in safe custody
See our schedule of fees for Wills and Estate Planning documents.
Our experience extends to all types of enterprises, including co-operatives, alliances, joint ventures, discretionary and unit trusts, franchises, partnerships and other agreements between business owners.
When starting a new business, one of the most important decisions you can make is choosing the most appropriate business structure to operate the business.
Getting the structure right at the start is important because getting it wrong can have costly or even disastrous consequences later on.
Unfortunately, this important consideration is often overlooked. Spending the time and money to consider the issue should be an essential element of setting up a new business and should be part of the business plan.
From the outset, we provide high quality advice on the most effective structure for your business and personal goals. It is important to obtain both legal and accounting advice to choose the most appropriate structure.
When we advise on the best structure for your needs, we also consider how to regulate the relationship between the various parties that may be involved in the ownership and operation of the business. We also consider provisions for eventually ending your association with the business.
When there are multiple people involved in running a business, it is important to properly document the obligations of each of the parties and what will happen if one of them leaves the business. We are often called in to pick up the pieces when a business relationship goes bad. Too often, there was inadequate documentation setting out the rights and obligations of the parties and how to deal with disputes and deadlocks.
We can provide assistance in the drafting and negotiation of partnership agreements, unit holder agreements and shareholder agreements. Carefully drafted and tailored agreements can save a lot of heartache.
See our fee schedules for services in this area.
We are able to advise you on complex deals, as well as simple transactions.
We conduct a broad range of business transactions for our clients — for example, drafting and successfully negotiating terms on behalf of our clients; advice on buying, selling, merging or acquiring a businesses; advice on commercial leases and retail leases; and advice on franchise agreements and documentation.
We also provide prudent and sound legal advice on financial issues. We assist our clients in meeting their financial legal requirements and addressing their commercial concerns. Our experience and services for businesses include structuring your finances and advising on securities, mortgages, fixed and floating charges and loan agreements.
We have experience in drafting supply agreements, confidentiality agreements, contracts, employment agreements, licence agreements and other complex commercial agreements.
So before you embark on a significant business transaction, speak with us.
It is never easy when a loved one passes away, but there are financial and legal matters that have to be addressed.
At S+P Lawyers we try to make this process as stress-free and easy as possible. It is often (but not always) necessary to obtain a grant of Probate or Letters of Administration from the Supreme Court to allow the executor to deal with assets of a deceased person.
In simple terms, a grant of Probate or Letters of Administration protect an executor in dealing with the estate assets and third parties who may be holding assets on behalf of the deceased. The grant establishes that the Will attached to the grant is the last valid Will of the deceased and that the executor is the person legally entitled to deal with the assets and then distribute them to the beneficiaries named in the will.
Once a grant has been obtained, anyone dealing with the executor and releasing assets to them is protected from any claim that they should not have allowed the executor to deal with the assets of the deceased. Our fees for obtaining a grant of Probate or Letters of Administration are charged in accordance with scale published by the Supreme Court. All solicitors have to charge in accordance with this scale. See the current scale for more information.
In addition to assisting in obtaining a grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, we can assist in the collection and distribution of the assets of the estate. This can involve the transfer of property to beneficiaries, closing and collecting money from bank accounts, organising tax returns, settling debts, transferring or selling shares, and obtaining refunds from nursing homes. This work is charged at an hourly rate. See our current hourly rates and estimates for this type of work.
Unfortunately, sometimes disputes arise in relation to the distribution of the assets of an estate. We can also provide assistance in managing and resolving these disputes.