Hello everyone, A close friend of mine tragically had her 39 year old husband die suddenly overseas. English is not her native language so I am trying to assist her as best I can with the admin processes (although I have only been an executor once before). They have two small children, were ACT residents with Australian citizenship, were renters and had one investment property in Townsville (was their home residence 5 years ago, worth around 280K). He didn't leave a will so we are working through the Letters of Adminstration documents. She will be the administrator but I intend to assist her as best I can with the processes. She is still overseas so I haven't got a full grasp of their debts and assets yet but from what I can understand, they had minimal debts other than a few bills and the mortgage (in joint names - mostly paid off), simple assets (around 200K cash in a joint bank account, think tied to the mortgage), some other cash and his super (unknown, but working full time in a 100K job about 6 years). She didn't work, was a stay at home mum, and left all the financial decisions up to her husband. His work has also just raised around 40K cash for her and the children through one of those online charity sites (I think it is deposited to their joint bank account). I think she would like to sell the Townsville property they have, although with the market as it is there it might be pertinent to hold off a bit on selling.. I have read the forums here and elsewhere (thank you Terry_w and others!) and I am concerned that his cash assets will be transferred to his wife and then she will lose 30% in tax upon receipt. I am wondering whether it is worth setting her up with a solicitor and/or a post death testamentary trust for the kids to reduce this. However I don't want her to spend thousands on a solicitor if it is not really necessary for these for these sorts of amounts or it is something that I could reasonably help her with. Would any of you be able to advise?