When a loved one passes away, the last thing most people think about is having the estate of the deceased distributed ASAP.
Unfortunately, this was not the case for 2 impatient beneficiaries of an estate valued at more than $660,000.
In order to obtain their share of the estate, the beneficiaries’ legal representative forged the signature of the estate’s executor so the assets could be distributed to the beneficiaries.
In addition to the fraudulent signing on behalf of the executor, the legal professional also happened to be in a de facto relationship with 1 of the beneficiaries of the estate.
Regardless of the desire to receive estate assets ASAP, there are legalities and timeframes that must be adhered to.
Needless to say, Ryan Murdoch O’Regan Lawyers’ experienced Wills & Estates Team understand the importance of ensuring our clients who are executors meet their legal obligations and we ensure the estate is distributed according to the deceased’s final wishes, as per the last valid will signed.
Are You An Executor?
How We Can Help
If you are appointed an executor and require assistance to administer the estate or need to be represented in legal proceedings, Ryan Murdoch O’Regan Lawyers have the experience to provide you with the best professional advice and service.
We are available to meet with you at any of our local offices (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Beenleigh, Cleveland and Jimboomba) or by telephone or video-conference.
This article is for your information and interest only. It is not intended to be comprehensive, and it does not constitute and must not be relied on as legal advice. You must seek specific advice tailored to your circumstances.