Deceased Estates

We are estate lawyers in Brisbane, Queensland who have provided deceased estate services to Queenslanders for many years. We have a focus on supporting our clients through all matters associated with a deceased estate after the death of a loved one, in a compassionate, efficient and straightforward manner.

Deceased estates

Working through a loved one’s affairs after their passing can be a daunting and confusing process and often, at a time like this, the last thing you want to deal with. At IM Lawyers, we have the expertise to guide you through what can be a complex process during a distressing time.

We provide a broad spectrum of advice including the management and distribution of a deceased person’s assets and your best course of action where dispute arises.


Where you have been appointed an executor in a Will, you are responsible for carrying out the persons wishes contained in the terms of that Will. At IM Lawyers we are extremely experienced in walking you through your obligations and responsibilities and the probate process, to ensure you meet all your legal obligations.


Letters of Administration

When a person dies intestate (without a valid Will), the Public Trustee can deal with the estate or someone can apply to the court for Letters of Administration to administer the estate.

IM Lawyers are highly experienced in the process of applying for Letters of Administration and can handle all aspects of this process for you.


Contesting a Will

When a loved one dies, you do not want to think about making a legal claim by contesting the Will. However, where adequate provision has not been made for you under a Will, IM Lawyers have the expertise to guide you through the process of making a family provision claim to ensure you receive your financial entitlement. 


How can IM Lawyers help you?

We take the time to understand your desired outcome and ensure the advice and recommendations we give are suited to your personal and unique circumstances.

Need advice or assistance? Get in touch with an IM deceased estates lawyer.

Call now to arrange an initial free consultation

1800 001 339

It costs you nothing to find out where you stand.

For some applications required to administer a deceased estate (such as applying for Letters of Administration or Probate), we can set a fixed rate for the matter, which is dependent on the likely complexity of the work.

Generally, the work required to assist in litigation of disputes relating to a deceased estate are hard to predict. Therefore, we will most likely agree to an hourly rate which will be applied throughout the matter.

Latest blogs - Deceased Estates

When family law intersects with a deceased estate – case review

When family law intersects with a deceased estate – case review

There are several important considerations relevant to the administration of a deceased estate after someone dies. One of those is how other areas of law may intersect with estate law, creating some complexities when administering the estate.
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Review of Succession Act Queensland – proposed changes to intestacy rules

Review of Succession Act Queensland – proposed changes to intestacy rules

In September 2023, the Queensland government released a public policy paper, “Intestacy Entitlements and Family Provision Applications”, which outlines proposed legislative changes aimed at modernising sections of the Succession Act primarily related to the current intestacy rules.
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Your guide to applying for Letters of Administration

Applying for Letters of Administration when someone dies without a Will?

If a loved one dies without leaving a valid Will, either the Public Trustee or a person with a recognised relationship to the deceased person will have to apply for Letters of Administration to be able to deal with the estate.
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How does the law interpret breakdown of a de facto relationship?

High Court determines meaning of “breakdown of de facto relationship”

Understanding how the law interprets the breakdown of a de facto relationship can be significant in estate planning, deceased estates and family law matters.
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