Our Estate Planning team at Dixon Legal LLP has a multitude of experience in this field and can provide you with comprehensive legal services that protect your interests. We are always just a phone call or email away and happy to answer any questions or help you with any issues that may arise.
Our first consultation is absolutely free. This is required so we can better understand your requirements. We will then inform you of any fees and costs involved.
If you are a business owner, rancher, farmer or just have a high-net-worth high-net-worth, we can provide tailour-made advice to fit your specific needs and circumstances.
Our areas of expertise can be found below. Click expand for a brief description on what this area of law encompasses.
A well drafted Will provides clarity as to the distribution of the Estate’s assets. This clarity greatly reduces the potential for disagreement amongst prospective beneficiaries, which, in unfortunate instances, can lead to lengthy and costly litigation proceedings. At Dixon Legal LLP, our Estate Planning team has drafted thousands of Wills. Trust our experience to ensure that your Will is a true reflection of your desires upon passing.
A Personal Directive is a legal document which provides for the appointment of a trusted individual to make medical decisions for you in the event that you no longer hold legal capacity to make these decisions yourself. For example, if an individual’s ability to make decisions was demonstrably impaired by severe dementia, they may not have the legal capacity to make decisions relating to the provision of their own medical care. In this instance, a Personal Directive would allow the person previously appointed to make decisions relating to the provision of medical care on their behalf. If you lose legal capacity and have not completed a Personal Directive, your friends or family would have to apply for Guardianship through the courts. This can be a lengthy and costly process.
In addition to the appointment of a Personal Representative, a Personal Directive allows for your wishes in relation to medical treatment and personal care to be adhered to if you are incapacitated. Some of these considerations include end-of-life decisions such as remaining on life support and whether or not pain medication to be used.
Similar to a Personal Directive, an Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint a trusted individual referred to as an Attorney. Your Attorney will be able to make financial decisions on your behalf when you no longer have legal capacity to make those decisions yourself
Probate is the legal process that results in the Court confirming the validity of a Will and authorizing the named Executor(s) to distribute the assets of the Estate to the designated Beneficiaries. Our Estate Planning team is experienced, knowledgeable and ready to help you throughout the entire Probate process and the subsequent distribution of the Estate.
Administration is the legal process that occurs when an individual dies without a Will, or a valid will and results in the Court approving a person authorized to administer the Estate and allowing for the distribution of the assets to the Beneficiaries set out in the applicable legislation, namely, The Wills and Successions Act.
Estate Litigation is the process of resolving disagreements over the validity and interpretation of Wills and other Estate Planning Documents preferable by agreement but unfortunately often by recourse to the Courts. Our team at Dixon Legal LLP is fully capable of providing top quality representation for all your Estate Litigation needs.