Succession law

Queensland Law Society (QLS) provides succession and estate law practitioners with support and information.

Succession law is comprised of:

  • Estate planning – drafting wills, enduring powers of attorney, advance health directives and other documents to help succession planning
  • Estate administration – involving administration and finalisation of an estate. This includes obtaining a grant of probate, settling estate debts and transferring property to beneficiaries
  • Estate litigation – providing advice to persons who wish to contest the will or wish to seek further provision from the estate.

Resources and key links

Template - Attestation clause for a statutory will

Are there any guidelines for witnessing an enduring power of attorney (EPA?)

A Guide for Estate Practitioners when dealing with Listed and Unlisted Company Investments

Department of Justice and Attorney General - Enduring Powers of Attorney

List of Common Probate Requisitions

Access to certificates by solicitors at Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

The Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has a Certificate Access Policy which sets out guidelines for the exercise of discretion by the Registrar relating to who may obtain a certificate or information pursuant to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003.

The requirements relating to access to certificates by solicitors are set out in the policy.

Court Protocol

The Supreme Court of Queensland is now trialling a Wills and Estates List. The Wills and Estates List Judge for the purpose of the trial is Justice Boddice. 

Read the Supreme Court of Queensland Protocol