My father passed away about 3 weeks ago and had changed his will about 2 and a half weeks before he died. The new will has excluded all of his children (including an under 18 year old dependent), and he has given his full estate to his late partner. This is extremely out of character for my father to do. I am still deciding whether it is worth the effort to contest his will as I do not think he has much assets, and his super has said we are ineligible to receive a death benefit has he had made a claim in the past when he was diagnosed with cancer the 1st time. I just have quite a few concerns as she has been displaying very suspicious behavior prior to and after his death. I have been informed by the Public Trustee (who is the executor) that his will has still has not been administrated. I have been made aware that his estate still belongs to him until administration has been completed and it's not hers as of yet. My main concern is that I have been notified by the bank that she has been withdrawing the majority of the funds out of his personal savings bank account since he had passed, and also withdrawing my father's fortnightly pension payment from Centrelink. Is what she is doing illegal? Is there an avenue that I can report this? Would there be a consequence for her actions? What happens if I were to contest his will but she's spent all his money? Not only is she taking money from a dead person's account when his will has not been administrated, it doesn't look as though Centrelink has been notified of his death as his pension is still being paid into his account. The bank cannot freeze his account until they receive the death certificate, which I will need to go to the births, death and marriages registry to obtain as his partner refuses to provide it to me. On another note, as far as I am aware, she has been claiming single parent payment even though they have been a de facto couple for the last 3-4 years and did not report to Centrelink that they were a couple. Am I still able to report this to Cntrelink for both issues (the withdrawing of a deceased person's money and possible fraudulent claim)? Regarding my father's personal belongings, she has advised that myself and my brother can have all his personal belongings (e.g. Books, keyboards etc) as a gift. Although I would like to take them as soon as possible because I am afraid she will throw them away or sell them under our noses. I am also concerned that I will get into trouble since the will has not been administrated yet. Am I able to take his belongings that she has offered to give to me as of yet? Or would I need to wait until it has been administrated? Or would contesting a will be my best option to ensure that we would be entitled to his personal belongings? Also, my parents were technically still married before he died, but were separated for about 5 years, our family home is under my mother's name only and she was the only person making repayments against the mortgage - would this be considered as part of his estate? Would my father's late partner have entitlement to claim the house as part of his estate? Thank you for taking the time to read this.