Our services - Wills, Probate, Estates & Trusts

Our lawyers consider each will within the unique context of your individual circumstances.

The drafting of a new will, or the review of a current one or the contesting of a will or deceased estate is one of the most important exercises that you will ever undertake. Our lawyers consider each will within the unique context of your individual circumstances. We are conscious of the personal nature of will creation and provide support and guidance as we work with you through each step of the process.

Protecting your inheritance when disputing a will is often a stressful and uncomfortable legal process to undertake. When you need to contest a will after all other avenues of mediation have expired, our many combined years of experience will ensure you take the best course of action and assist you through this difficult time. Call today to discuss your options and we can then advise you of what potentially could happen next.

The administration of estates and trusts is a highly skilled area of law requiring tact and empathy. Our lawyers work with executors on the range of activities required to finalise deceased estates. At Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson, this expertise is offered in a supportive environment that is sensitive to the stress often accompanying the death of a friend or family member.


Our services include: Contesting deceased estates, will disputes & resolution, will drafting and review, estate planning, guardianship and administration, powers of attorney, probate, succession planning, superannuation death benefits, trusts – including discretionary, fixed and charitable.

Wills & estate lawyers

The Partners of Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson and Pearce Webster Dugdales are delighted to announce that the two firms have merged effective as and from Monday 3 April 2017.

The merged firm will operate under the business name Pearce Webster Dugdales (incorporating the Practice of Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson) and will primarily operate from premises situated at Level 4, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne.
The hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

The main contact details for the Melbourne office of Pearce Webster Dugdales are as follows:-

• Telephone 03 9614 5122
• Facsimile 03 9614 29654
• Email info@pearcewebster.com.au
• Website www.pearcewebster.com.au

In addition we offer services at our Branch Office at Riddells Creek:

Telephone: 03 5428 6507
Address: Yeaman House, 5A Station Street, Riddells Creek. 3431
Postal: PO Box 110, Riddells Creek. Victoria. 3431
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9.00 am -5.00 pm and weekends by appointment.

Please note that all calls, mail and emails sent to Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson will automatically be diverted and or redirected to Pearce Webster Dugdales.

Pearce Webster Dugdales and Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson are both firms of long standing with Peace Webster Dugdales having been established in 1899.

The two firms share similar cultures and values and Pearce Webster Dugdales seeks to continue to provide you with quality legal advice and to service your legal needs as and when they arise from time to time.

Pearce Webster Dugdales’s is committed to proffering Tolhurst Druce & Emmerson clients, (past and present) whether individuals, families or businesses, the same level of legal assistance and support as was formerly the case.