Legal questions in Darwin

While we can’t answer every question that may arise, we have compiled some of the ones we see most often and have provided the answers for your convenience. If you have any additional queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Q: Why should I make a will?

A: While many people think only the rich and famous need a will, this is simply not the case. Anyone can benefit from having a will in place, especially if you have children and additional assets other than your family home and life insurance policy. Without a will your belongings will not necessarily go to your loved ones. They will be caught up in a legal process known as intestacy and this could result in some of your assets ending up in hands you never would have chosen for yourself.

Q: How do I make sure my will is followed?

A: As part of your estate planning you will choose an executor who will be responsible for managing your estate to ensure all assets are distributed to the correct people or organisations. This could be a loved one, trusted friend or your lawyer.

Q: What should I do if someone owes me money for a loan, service or product sale?

A: First and foremost, you should try to get the person to pay without having to take legal action. Send a firm letter to remind them of their debt and give a final warning as well if they still fail to pay. If that still doesn’t work, it may be time to contact your solicitor for legal help. Make sure you have any relevant paperwork to prove that the money is indeed owed, as well as any other evidence you may wish to present.

When you call De Silva Hebron, we will first send a letter of intent to the other party. In many cases, receiving a letter from a solicitor will be enough to get them to act. If not, then lawsuit proceedings can begin.