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Our highly experienced lawyers can expertly guide you through drafting your final Will or updating your Will after significant life changes.

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With over 100 years of experience, you can rely on us to provide high-quality legal advice.

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We can assist you with drafting or updating a legally binding Will,  legally binding Medical and Financial Power of Attorney. 

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We take a professional yet compassionate approach to handling your legal matters.

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Why Work With Pearsons Family Lawyers?

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Create A Legally Binding Will With Ease

If you are looking to plan for your future by drawing up a Will or Power of Attorney, our team of lawyers are here to help. With almost 4 decades of experience, we are able to draw up your Will, which will take effect in the event that you pass away and save your family and loved ones from uncertainty.

We can also draw up a Medical and/or Financial Power of Attorney which will take care of the decision-making for your family if you become unwell. This is very important in your lifetime and will avoid difficulty and problems arising for your family when dealing with financial institutions and the medical profession when the time arises.

Once you have a Will in place, you will have peace of mind knowing that even if an unexpected event occurs, your wishes are clear. This gives your loved ones a clear awareness of your wishes and reduces the chances of stressful legal proceedings or disputes.

“The thing about having over 35 years of experience in Family Law is that you do not panic. In a crisis, you stay calm and remain courageous so that you do not lose focus on what is important, namely the clients’ needs.” – Leanne Abela (Principal Director)

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Our Team Will Guide You To Create A Legally Binding Will and Power of Attorney That Aligns With Your Long-Term Wishes

When drafting your final Will and Power of Attorney, there is no substitute for working with a highly experienced team. Our lawyers will provide you with the support and advice required to manage your matters confidently.

If you have decided to draft or update your Will and Power of Attorney, the team at Pearsons Lawyers can assist you, every step of the way. We offer a free initial appointment to discuss your situation and desired outcomes.

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We Provide The Following Will Services:

Creating A Will

Make things easier on your loved ones and ensure your wishes are heard.

Enduring Power of Attorney

We can also assist with Financial or Personal POA while your Will is drafted or updated.

Updating A Will

If your circumstances have changed significantly, we can help update your Will.

Fixed Price Services

Please refer to our Price Guide for our set prices for Wills & POA services.

Medical Power of Attorney

Our team can help you organise Medical Power of Attorney while having your Will drafted.

Couples Discount Package

Couples having Wills & POA services combined are eligible for a discounted rate.

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Free Initial Wills Consultation

If you need guidance and support to understand the best way to move forward with your matter, the team at Pearsons is here to help. Our highly experienced lawyers will ensure you understand your options, and assist you with any necessary actions required.

We will always place your best interests at the heart of everything we do, and offer a free first appointment to get you headed in the right direction. We also understand that it can be an emotional and sensitive time, and take a respectful approach to your needs at all times when working together.

  • Fee-Free Initial Consultations
  • Your Best Interests As A Priority
  • Will Drafting & Updates
  • Power of Attorney Drafting, Updates or Revocation

*Pricing structure may vary depending on the complexity of your individual circumstances. Please see price guide here.

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Client Reviews & Testimonials

Professional. Helpful and very easy to deal with.
Luisa Modesti
Luisa M.
21:26 15 Feb 24
I was recommended to go to Pearsons Lawyers and speak to Leanne Abela about my family law matter. I was told that Leanne and her team will win your case! From my initial meeting to my very last court hearing Pearson’s Lawyers have provided exceptional professionalism and the highest level of compassion during one of the most challenging times in my life. Louis Horsley was appointed my solicitor and his expertise, knowledge and genuine care for me and my two young boys was unbelievable. We had a complex legal case and nothing thrown his way was left defeated. Louis is extremely committed he ensured I got the best outcome and kept me grounded and focused through the whole process. To come away with the win was an unbelievable feeling and to be able to trust a team of people who were fighting my battle with me, was truly remarkable! Thank you Louis, Kenny, Karen, Christine, and Leanne! You are amazing people to do the work you do and deal with the stress of your clients with such respect and grace! I am forever grateful! Louis you are an absolute legend and I wish you all the success in your career, you are amazing!
Dahnielle Fox
Dahnielle F.
12:16 06 Feb 24
I dealt with a difficult case where goal posts changed and an inconsistent and nasty approach from the other side dragged proceedings on for a long time. Kenny with great support from Joe lead me through the details and assured me of the process. Amanda was great closing out with a completely unexpected win for my children and I.The team at Glenroy as a whole is warm, welcoming, supportive and professional, I wasn't mislead in any way and prepped well for whatever situation we were facing, I applaud the team as they really do go along the journey with you.I hope anyone reading this doesn't face the same as I did but if you're looking for a good all round professional and experienced team, look no further than Pearson's Glenroy. Stay patient and listen to their advise.Thanks to Kenny, Joe, Amanda, Loriene, Jayne, Christine, Sam, Andrew, Venus and anyone else remotely associated with my case, life changing and appreciated.Regards,Nick E
Nicholas Eilers
Nicholas E.
00:04 07 Sep 23
Venus PhamI uldlike to express my most sincere thanks for the most professional representation. You have stuck by me through thos months in dealing with this very stressful case. I admire your composure, work ethic and most of all excellent representation, and I know that you will be on my side until the very end. And thanks Leanne for her unforgettable support.❤️
Edivania De Oliveira
Edivania De O.
23:50 26 Jul 23
I met with Jacqui Spry. She was the most down to earth and up front person I’ve ever come across. She never gave up on me. Jacqui always let me know what was happening and what could happen along the way. She kept the fees down as much as she could under the circumstances. It was the most traumatic time I’ve ever had in my whole life (a horrible domestic violence situation), although she helped me keep it together. She helped me to do what I thought was the undoable. Jacqui was fantastic and I’m so glad I had her to represent me. 😊
Leanne Beattie
Leanne B.
06:39 27 Jun 23
Thank you to Leanne and Louis and the team at Pearsons (Glenroy). The Pearsons team secured a great result for me and I am very grateful for their assistance and professionalism throughout our engagement. Thanks again
Iman G
Iman G
11:31 26 Apr 23
Very informative
Dobbie Porter
Dobbie P.
11:25 18 Apr 23
Exceptional service, guidance and professionalism. Highly recommended
meagan evans
meagan E.
05:37 06 Feb 23
Leanne, Anne and Deborah have been remarkable! These professional women are transparent, honest, hardworking and most importantly they remain child focused at all times without a doubt. They have gone well above and beyond expectations and they are respectful, understanding and empathetic. They were recommended to me by a highly regarded criminal Lawyer as being extremely well respected Lawyers within the Family Court system - this is accurate on every level as they have conducted themselves with professionalism. Anne, Deborah and Leanne are extremely knowledgable, most certainly ethical and absolutely fearless!I have experienced first hand that practising Family Law is not simply just a job for Anne, Deborah and Leanne, but rather a passion for enhancing family peace and security.
Sarah Halloran
Sarah H.
05:46 11 Nov 22
Joe your a gun, i cant thank you enough for your assistance. Considering the last min notice you and your team came through for me, i can only imagine what you could of accomplished on a much larger time frame. Straight to the point no bs i only wish I knew about you sooner. Family law specialist see Joe at Pearsons you wont be disappointed. I look forward to working with you in the future and once again i can't express my gratitude enough , better to have him on side than against thats for sure.🙏🙏 thank you, thank you! I'll definitely be recommending your firm and your services. 🙂
Elizabeth Zourkas
Elizabeth Z.
05:41 13 Oct 22
My Father recommended Pearsons Lawyers to me years ago Then recently another trusted referral. From Solicitors Leanne, Brenda, Vertiy, Karen at Reception. The team are fantastic. Understanding. Sincerely interested in protecting your welfare and have your best interests at heart. I feel safe with Pearsons Lawyers looking after me. Thankyou Pearsons Lawyers.
Birute Ohlmann
Birute O.
02:27 26 Sep 22
Cannot recommend Helen Le at pearsons lawyers enough! From the start til very end Helen was extremely helpful and put up with my constant calls annoying her with all the silly questions and worrying. Helen always listened to me and actually helped me come out with a lot better outcome then I expected. Once again can not recommend Helen enough!!
Aaron Tomkinson
Aaron T.
02:24 18 Jul 22
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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does an executor have to settle an estate?

In most cases, an Executor in Victoria will take up to one year to distribute assets from a deceased estate. This timeframe starts from the day an Executor begins to administer an estate, rather than when a person dies.

This is not a rule so much as a general guideline of what to expect. Many factors can add to this, and if the will is complex, if delays occur or beneficiaries cannot be located, it can take some time longer. There may also be issues if paperwork isn’t in order, the Will lacks clarity or if the Will is being challenged or contested.

What is the inheritance law in Victoria?

Victorian laws deem that a person has died ‘intestate’ if a Will hasn’t been left or is deemed invalid. The laws around managing Intestacy in Victoria have been through some recent changes and are guidelines for how an estate is distributed if someone dies intestate. Under the Administration and Probate Act, the person representing the deceased is generally required to sell any assets. With this money, they must pay for associated costs such as the funeral, outstanding debts and other administration purposes.

What remains from here is referred to as a residuary estate and may include assets that were not sold to cover costs. Generally, this residuary estate will go directly to the spouse or partner of the deceased, and the children of the deceased. There are common formulas used for calculating these amounts. If no partner or children exist, next of kin relatives will be deemed beneficiaries. There is a particular order in which relatives are prioritised in this circumstance. In some cases, if no relatives exist, the State of Victoria may become entitled to the residuary estate, as ‘bona vacantia’ – unclaimed goods.

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How do I find the will of a deceased person in Victoria?

In some cases, the deceased will have left clear instructions to their partner, family members, friends or chosen Executor on how to access their Will. In other cases, locating a Will (if one existed) will be necessary. This may be done by contacting their account or lawyer, if known, and in some cases, may be accessed via the funeral home they have chosen to use, if this was decided before passing away.

If these steps fail, it may be necessary to work with The Probate Office which is part of the Victorian Supreme Court. If you hold a Will for another person, it is also worth noting that
under the Wills Act of 1997, there are people who are deemed eligible to access a copy of a deceased person’s Will.

Who is not allowed to inherit under a Will in Victoria?

If a Will isn’t valid, which can happen for a number of reasons, named beneficiaries may not be entitled to inherit items of assets left to them. This may occur if a Will was made fraudulently, or if the person making the Will was under duress or not in a sound state of mind at the time of making it. In this instance, assets will be distributed in line with intestacy laws.

A child of the deceased, who is deemed a minor (under 18), is able to inherit in Victoria, but the inheritance will be held in trust by the Executor. This will generally be released when a child is 18, unless age or other stipulations are noted in the Will. Children born without knowing one of their parents are still eligible to make a claim on their biological parent’s Will, as a dependent. Adopted children have the same rights as biological children when it comes to claiming an adopted parents Will. That said, when a legal adoption takes place, an adopted child is no longer eligible to claim from their biological parents Will. Likewise, biological parents and relatives of adopted children are unable to make claims on their Will.

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