There is a surprising breadth of legal services Beger & Co Lawyers Adelaide brings to our clients in support of their personal and business matters.
Some of our more commonly requested legal services include:
Wills and Estate Lawyers Adelaide
A large part of our legal practice’s activity is acting as wills and estate lawyers for our Adelaide clients. In this role we are dedicated to assisting executors and beneficiaries in relation to deceased estates.
Executors often simply need assistance obtaining a grant of Probate or Letters of Administration in our role as probate lawyers so they can administer the deceased’s Will.
Will Dispute Lawyers
In other situations, where the validity of the Will is in question we operate as Will dispute lawyers. We receive contested estate enquiries from executors and beneficiaries often where there is a question of the testator’s legal capacity or where the Will was handwritten and made informally.
Increasingly we are helping beneficiaries with an inheritance claim where the deceased made inadequate family provision to address the beneficiary’s future need.
Often we are able to achieve significant inheritance settlements for our estate clients by negotiation alone and without the need to commence Court proceedings.
Wills and Estate Planning Lawyers
Making a Will is the one thing most of us put off. Possibly because many of our estate planning clients who require Wills have
- complex family and property arrangements;
- children from different marriages; and
- property held in different ownership structures such as superannuation and family discretionary trusts.
We provide our clients with a fixed fee service for a simple Will or a Testamentary Trust Will. lawyers.
Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Care Directives are important documents that we recommend to all of our estate planning clients. These documents are only effective during the donor’s lifetime and deal with financial and lifestyle issues respectively. Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Care Directives are vital where the donor suffers a legal incapacity and can no longer make decisions about their property or living arrangements.
Litigation Lawyers Adelaide
Contract, Lease and Payment Disputes
We understand that our clients want to avoid litigation and Court proceedings. The resolution of contract disputes by negotiation and mediation is cheaper, quicker and more certain. There are of course times where the other party is not prepared to negotiate and in those situations, we offer definitive advice and direction to give our clients the best chance of a successful outcome.
Commercial Lease Dispute Lawyers
One of the more common contractual disputes occurs between landlords and tenants in relation to commercial lease provisions. In a recent matter, we were successful in obtaining Court Orders extending a tenant’s lease.
Many payment disputes are uncontested and simply come down to a commercial decision as to the viability of undertaking debt collection proceedings. Our experience shows that the factors relevant to making a decision is not just the amount owed but the quality of the documentation, whether the debt is supported by personal guarantees or other security and the likelihood of the debtor being able to a judgement debt.
We bring to each of our litigation clients a wealth of Court room experience which includes significant experience in virtually every Court and Tribunal in South Australia and the resolution of disputes that range from franchise arguments, defamation proceedings, building and construction disputes, loan repayments and defaults under a myriad of contractual arrangements.
Ownership Structures and Contractual Arrangements
Some of our happiest clients are those that saw fit to obtain our business advice before starting in business. Can you see any problems with the business that I am thinking about buying? What is the best ownership structure? What contractual arrangements do I need for the new business – terms of trade, employment agreements, and confidentiality undertakings? Should I agree to the lease and guarantee the landlord wants me to sign? We have assisted many clients with answers to these types of questions and many more.
If starting a new business or buying an existing business, let us give you the benefit of our experience.