6-8 William Street, Nambour, Sunshine Coast

Butler McDermott Will and Estate Lawyers Sunshine Coast

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Wills and Estates

Butler McDermott’s Wills and Estates solicitors can assist you with a wide variety of legal matters that may arise when disputing or defending a will, administering an estate, or attending to estate planning, including the preparation and execution of a will 

While many people find dealing with matters of mortality and death difficult – and may even prefer not to think about them – the best outcomes are almost always a result of proper planning.  

Will services

Preparing a proper will with the help of an experienced will lawyer is the best way to ensure that your wishes are carried out and the people you love are protected. It also allows your loved ones the time and space to grieve with fewer details to worry about or disputes to deal with.

When meeting with a member of our specialised team you’ll discuss:

  • Your instructions about guardianship of your minor children
  • Your wishes regarding your funeral, cremation, or burial
  • Your chosen executor and their responsibilities
  • Providing for your family’s needs


Your will lawyer can help you:

  • create a clear and legally binding will (unlike do-it-yourself wills which could be declared invalid, for example if a law is misinterpreted)
  • avoid dying without a will and having your assets dealt with according to the Succession Act 1981(QLD) which often leads to the wrong people receiving your assets
  • plan your estate by identifying tax or legal obligations to be aware of and creating testamentary trusts if necessary to protect your loved ones
  • make legally binding minor changes to your will
  • revoke a previous will and make a new one to handle major changes
  • securely store your will at our Sunshine Coast wills and estates law firm – where we safeguard over 1000 wills!


Don’t procrastinate – get your will sorted today for peace of mind that your family will be protected if you are no longer around.

Executors – Assistance with Deceased Estate administration

When creating a will, an executor is appointed.  

This person is entrusted with the responsibility of seeing that the wishes of the deceased are honoured to the full extent that the law allows.  

While many feel honoured to be chosen as executor, it can be a complex and stressful responsibility complicated by grief.

As an executor you are required to:

  • understand the legal responsibilities of executorship
  • understand how to financially administer the estate
  • arrange the funeral in accordance with any directions left in the will
  • ensure all the deceased’s assets have been identified and brought into the estate
  • pay off all debts
  • finalise tax with the ATO if relevant
  • distribute the remaining assets to beneficiaries in accordance with the will or intestacy laws

If you’ve been appointed executor of a will and feel overwhelmed or are unsure how to perform your role well and properly meet your legal responsibilities, Butler McDermott’s experienced wills and estates legal team can help.

Couple reading their will with their Sunshine Coast Wills and Estates Lawyer

Why choose Butler McDermott?

At Butler McDermott, we know that writing a will can feel tedious or better left for another day. We understand the stresses that come with planning or administering an estate.

That’s why we take the time to make the process as simple and manageable as possible, helping you navigate tough times.

When you engage us as your lawyers, you’ll get the backing of a firm that:

  • Is one of the oldest, most established law firms in the Sunshine Coast, with over 100 years of will and estate planning practice.
  • Has an established history of successful outcomes.
  • Can offer expertise in many different areas of law.
  • Is highly engaged in the local community.
  • Offers trusted, caring, and friendly legal assistance to all clients.

Butler McDermott is a household name in the Sunshine Coast because we place our clients at the heart of everything we do.

So, if you are looking for a wills and estate planning lawyer to help you protect your family’s interests or fulfill your duties as an executor, don’t go it alone.


Meet Our Wills and Estate Planning Team

Our wills & estates lawyer team pride themselves on being able to provide advice to deal with estate administration without undue complication
or risks in a timely and professional manner. Contact our Sunshine Coast law firm to arrange an appointment and secure peace of mind regarding wills and estates planning.

Simone Faunt


Peter Boyce


Peter has been practising as a Nambour Solicitor since 1977 and joined Butler McDermott Lawyers the same year.

With over 40 years practicing as a Sunshine Coast lawyer, Peter has extensive knowledge of various facets of law.

He has practised in all areas of litigation and has special interests in:

  • Criminal law
  • Civil and Commercial litigation
  • Retirement Village matters
  • Sports law
  • Resumption of land and compensation claims


Peter has specialised knowledge of and experience with resumption matters as a result of the Traveston Dam project, road corridors, Main Roads and water pipeline. He is renowned for his professional approach and is an experienced and determined advocate.

Brent King


Brent works as a litigation lawyer, providing litigation legal advice in relation to both civil and criminal law matters, including:
  • Defamation Claims
  • Contract and Debt Disputes
  • Building and Construction Disputes
  • Planning Matters
  • Criminal Law and Traffic Legal Matters
Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast and joining Butler McDermott after the completion of his studies, Brent appreciates the needs of our clients, and brings a particularly commercial approach to litigation. Brent is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Sunshine Coast Law Association, and has litigated a wide variety of matters in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

Al Upton


After arriving at Butler McDermott Lawyers in 2016, Al quickly progressed to running our Wills and Estates section and has successfully litigated disputes in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland in the early stages of his career.

In the years that followed Al has now moved to assist our clients with commercial and property matters having achieved positive outcomes in that area as well as general litigation. Al’s experience has him uniquely placed to provide quality advice in the areas of property, commercial, wills and estates and general litigation.

Al is involved in giving back to the community, sitting on the board for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and Sundale Community Foundation. He otherwise became a director of Butler McDermott Lawyers in November 2021.