Estate Dispute Law Gold Coast

The Succession Act of 1981 is a Queensland law that allows an eligible person to challenge a Will in court. Even if you have made a legal Will, there are certain circumstances where a family member or other eligible person may challenge it.


A person considered eligible to contest a Will must be a spouse (married or de-facto), children of any age including step children, dependants (children and parents), and even an ex-spouse even after a divorce and settlement.

Contesting a Will is usually done when a person feels that they haven’t been adequately provided for or that they should have been left more. If you are considering contesting a Will, you should seek advice first from a lawyer.

It’s unfortunate that in times where people are often grieving and emotions are running high that disputes can start over property and money. Conflicts over Will disputes can cause long term rifts between family members and can become virtually impossible to negotiate without the help of a neutral third party.

With the aid of a lawyer, a dispute may be able to be settled without resorting to court proceedings. These situations are always delicate which is why I believe that I am the right lawyer to talk to if you are considering contesting a Will. My friendly and calm manner will help keep emotions out of the situation. I will listen carefully to what you say, what you believe you are entitled to and why. You will then get my unbiased advice on your legal rights in regards to the Will and whether you have a case worth pursuing.

As a practising lawyer on the Gold Coast, I can help you with all matters relating to making a Will, estate dispute law, estate litigation and contesting a Will

The term ‘intestate’ is used to describe a person who dies without a legally valid Will. If a person dies intestate their estate gets distributed in accordance with the laws set out in the Succession Act. If you die intestate there is no guarantee that your family and loved ones will be provided for in the way you might wish for them to be. Anyone over the age of 18 with the capacity to understand what they are doing can make a legal Will.