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QLD Should I Have Been Contacted by Lawyer as Beneficiary?

Discussion in 'Wills and Estate Planning Law Forum' started by clueless, 26 October 2015.

  1. clueless

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    It's been 2 months since my mother passed away. My sister is the Power of Attorney and Executor of Will. I understand I am a beneficiary along with my sister and our children. I understand the will is now in the hands of a lawyer. How long does it take? Should I have been contacted by the lawyer stating I am a beneficiary. Worried I have not seen the latest will.

    Should have mentioned this is a NSW will and probate fees are involved
     
  2. Tim W

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    What is stopping you contacting the lawyer yourself?
     
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    Unfortunately Tim, I do not know who the actual lawyer is. I thought of sending a letter to every lawyer in the area though. Does the lawyer usually contact you once they start proceeding with the will or is there a time factor to consider?
     
  4. JS79

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    Hi,

    I have found two articles that will be able to help with your situation.

    Firstly, Executor of a Will – Rights and Responsibilities - Legal Blog - LawAnswers.com.au
    will help you understand what rights your sister has (i assume) as an executor of your mother's will.

    Secondly, Are You a Beneficiary of a Will? Know Your Rights [QLD] - Legal Blog - LawAnswers.com.au
    will help you understand your rights as a beneficiary and will inform you with what you will need to do now.

    It wouldn't hurt to talk to a lawyer who specialises in wills and estates to help with your situation. See Get Connected with the Right Lawyer for You
     
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  5. Tim W

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    Just to be clear - is the (unknown) lawyer the executor, or is it still your sister, and the lawyer is just engaged to do the grunt work?
     
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