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Estates & Probate

Estates and Probate Lawyers in Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine & Daylesford.

With leading estates and probate lawyers in Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine & Daylesford, Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers have extensive experience in deceased estates, probate administration, estate planning and estate disputes. We adopt an empathetic approach that has our clients’ security for their future in mind.

Why Choose Us in Ballarat and Central Highlands?

By engaging with leading estates and probate lawyers at Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, this places you in the best position to ensure that you are well looked after and cared for by lawyers that understand the legal complexities and sensitivities involved with succession planning, and deceased estates.

We have developed a strong reputation in being able to work with a wide variety of clients in Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine, Daylesford, and the broader Central Highlands region. We understand that probate and estates require lawyers that have experience in guiding and supporting clients and their families through the administration of an estate, to succession planning.

Our team of leading estates and probate lawyers are there to assist clients navigate the probate and estate administration process with confidence.

When you choose Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, we ensure:

We believe in delivering real expertise in estates and probate to create positive and safe experiences for our clients. That’s why, we ensure that our estates and probate lawyers are experts in their field and have proven experience in the administration of an estate.

Your estates and probate experience matters to us, and we believe that you should have reliable, secure and transparent estates and probate services.

That’s why, as a leading regional law firm in Ballarat and Central Highlands, our estates and probate team are fully supported by our team of lawyers and support staff so that you can have access to high quality estates and probate services.

At Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, we operate and maintain a trust account that is regularly reviewed and audited so that you can have a peace of mind when you transfer your money with us, it is protected and secure.

We understand that you want to feel financially comfortable knowing that you are supported by the right people with the right resources.

That’s why we ensure that our trust accounts are properly audited and reviewed. Our estates and probate lawyers across Ballarat, Beaufort, Daylesford & Castlemaine are also assisted by a team of support staff.

We make accessing our estates and probate services easy, transparent and reliable, so that your experience with us feels safe and secure.

That’s why when you engage with Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers as your estates and probate lawyers, we are committed to providing you accessibility. We have physical offices fully staffed with support teams situated across Central Highlands: Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine & Daylesford. Our head office is situated in Ballarat.

When engaging us, you can also connect with us online, by telephone, or by email. We are committed to ensuring high quality customer service so that your estates and probate experience with us is positive.

At Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, our estates and probate lawyers are there to ensure that their technical capabilities align with clients’ needs.

With experience and knowledge, our estates and probate lawyers are able to navigate complex estates and probate issues. Our lawyers work closely with clients to understand their circumstances and support them through the estates and probate process.

Furthermore, our estates and probate lawyers understand that estates and probate should not be viewed in a vacuum, and that it should be approached with confidence, support and understanding.

Guided by expertise and experience in estates and probate across Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine & Daylesford, we are a valuable asset and resource to assist clients through their journey because of our ability to be supportive, understanding and empathetic in the administration of an estate.

“We ensure that our quality of estates and probate work at Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers is excellent and reliable to deliver effective and proactive outcomes.”

What our lawyers have to say.

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Are you looking for an estates and probate lawyer? Call us on (03) 5331 1244 to get in touch and arrange an appointment with a member of our estates and probate team.

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What is Probate and Estates?

Administering an estate after a person has passed away can be a stressful experience. Before a person becomes an administrator of an estate, they generally require authority provided from the Court. The type of authority may depend on whether the deceased had a valid will. If the deceased has left land or substantial financial assets, then generally, a person may be required to obtain a Grant of Probate. The Grant of Probate is a legal requirement which provides authority to the Executor of the Estate to deal with the deceased’s assets under the terms of the Will.

If a person believes they have been inadequately provided for under the Will of the deceased, it may be possible to also contest the distribution of the Estate. In certain circumstances, the law deems that a person has a moral duty or obligation to provide financial support under their Will. Claims are most commonly made by: a child or children of the deceased, a wife or partner, a disabled dependent, or a care giver.

The legal services involved in a probate and estates may involve:

  • Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration
  • Preparing Probate Applications
  • Assisting Executors in Administration of an Estate
  • Contesting Wills
  • Deceased Estates
  • Part IV Claims
  • Survivorship Applications
  • Testator’s Family Maintenance Claims
  • Executors Commision
  • Roles of Executors or Trustee
  • Transfer or Sale of Assets
  • Estate Disputes

These experiences provide estates and probate lawyers with broad exposure to assist clients in all aspects of an estate administration. Our lawyers strive to understand our client’s unique circumstances, familial situation, and guide through their estate planning decisions.

With substantial experience in probate and estates, our team of probate and estates lawyers at Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers provide guidance to clients on how to navigate the processes involved in estates and probate administration.”

What Practice Areas are in Estates and Probate?

Practice areas involving estates and probate encompass a wide variety of unique circumstances. With relevant expertise and experience, estates and probate lawyers are capable of adapting to each individual situation. This can include preparation of simple and complex wills, guardianship and administration, trusts, management of estate and will disputes, executors, and Part IV claims.

At Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, our estates and probate lawyers can assist you in all aspects of an estate and probate matter:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills and Estates Claim
  • Structuring of Wills
  • Succession Planning
  • Preparation of Simple and Complex Wills
  • Testamentary Trust Wills
  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Grant of Probate
  • Contested Wills
  • Guardianship and Administration Applications
  • Estate Disputes
  • Wills Disputes

Frequently Asked Questions.

A Grant of Probate may be obtained by an Executor that has been appointed from a valid will.

However, if a will is absent, or the will does not validly appoint an Executor, then a relevant person may be required to apply for a Letters of Administration at the Supreme Court of Victoria. A Grant of Probate is an order by the court that confirms a will is valid and authorises the Executor to administer the estate.

An eligible person that may apply for a Part IV (Family Provision) Claim is prescribed in the Administration and Probate Act 1958 (Vic) to include: spouse or domestic partner of the deceased, a child of the deceased, stepchild of the deceased, a former spouse or former domestic partner of the deceased, and member of the household.

The role of an Executor is to manage the estate of a deceased, including its administration and winding-up.

This may involve attending to funeral accounts, payment of debts, collecting and managing assets, distribution of the assets in the estate to the beneficiaries, resolving disputes relating to the estate, and investing assets on behalf of the beneficiaries.

A will is a legal document that is a testator’s declaration. The testator may dispose, in their will, other than property that the testator is a trustee:

  • any property that a testator is entitled at the time of their death, and
  • any property that the testator’s personal representative becomes entitled, by reason of their appointment as a personal representative after the testator’s death.

A Grant of Representation is a legal document issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria that formally appoints an executor to manage the deceased person’s estate. It may be required when a deceased person’s estate involves substantial assets.

The common types of Grant of Representation involve: Grant of Probate, Grant of Letters of Administration (upon an intestacy), and Grant of Letters of Administration (with will annexed).


Our Estates and Probate Team.


Ben Franklin

Managing Partner

Frank Frawley

Special Counsel

Peter Glare

Senior Lawyer

Shea Stewart

Senior Associate

Samantha Harbridge

Law Graduate

Samantha Mitchell

Law Graduate

Curtis Mizzi

Law Graduate

Diane Addington

Legal Assistant & Reception – Castlemaine

Karen Chandler

Legal Assistant

Charley Dignan

Accounts Administrator & Legal Assistant

Are you looking for an estates and probate lawyer? Call us on (03) 5331 1244 to get in touch and arrange an appointment with a member of our estates and probate team.

You can also connect with us by filling out your details and telling us about your information below:

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