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  • Will Your Executor Be Able to Find Your Assets?

    22 SEPTEMBER 2021 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING ESTATE DISPUTES PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    As our lives increasingly move to “online digital platforms”, it is becoming more important to help your executor access your “digital assets” after you die. Digital assets include social media accounts, shopping accounts, bank or investment account details, entertainment collections, gambling accounts, and the like. Read more

  • Inheritance Lost Because of No Binding Death Benefit Nomination!

    06 APRIL 2021 ESTATE DISPUTES CONTESTING A WILL PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    In 2013 a woman died. She was the mother of a son who was bankrupt. Her will stated that the bankrupt son was to be the executor of her estate and the sole beneficiary. In addition to this, the mother had not made a Binding Death Benefit nomination for her superannuation. This meant that the payment of the superannuation would be decided by the trustees of the super fund. Read more

  • Life Insurance Denied Due to Failure to Disclose!

    19 JANUARY 2021 LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING

    In 2014 a man took out life insurance. He named his de facto partner as the beneficiary of the policy. In his application he had claimed to be a healthy individual who did not take drugs, and who lead a healthy lifestyle. The policy was for $2,625,000.00. Read more

  • When a Secret Lover Appears after Death, What Can They Claim?

    08 DECEMBER 2020 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING CONTESTING A WILL ESTATE DISPUTES PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    In 2018 a man died without a will. He had three children. He had separated from his wife eight years prior to his death. Despite separating, the two were not divorced. Not long after the man’s death, his family was shocked to find that their father had a secret lover who they had never met or heard of. She made a claim on their father’s estate. Read more

  • Have You Considered What Happens to Your Digital Assets after You Die?

    25 AUGUST 2020 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    As digital assets continue to rise in popularity, the amount of people holding digital assets and dying without either telling others of the assets, or not providing enough information in order to access the assets, is dramatically on the rise Read more

  • Will Making Capacity is Not Black and White!

    04 AUGUST 2020 CONTESTING A WILL WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES ESTATE DISPUTES

    A father had six daughters. He made a will dividing his estate equally between the six of them. In 2013 he changed his will to give $40,000.00 to each of five of the daughters, and the rest of his $3,000,000.00 estate to his remaining daughter. Read more

  • Will Your Executor Do the Right Thing?

    26 NOVEMBER 2019 PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    Difficult disputes can arise when administering an estate requiring in depth legal advice that can be expensive! Read more

  • A Parent’s Obligation Is To Their Children: Grandchildren Must Exercise Patience!

    13 SEPTEMBER 2017 ESTATE DISPUTES CONTESTING A WILL PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    Grandparents generally do not have a responsibility to provide for grandchildren. So what happens when grandchildren try and bring a claim against their grandparent's estate? Read more

  • Mother Cuts Daughters From Will...But Court Disagrees!!

    27 OCTOBER 2016 CONTESTING A WILL ESTATE DISPUTES PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    A parent is entitled to cut a child out of their will, particularly if there has been a serious break down in the relationship. However the reason behind the break down of the relationship can be reviewed by the court and adjustments in gifts can be made at the courts discretion. Read more

  • Experiencing a Delay with a Retirement Village Accommodation Bond?

    25 AUGUST 2016 PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING PROBATE & DECEASED ESTATES

    It is recommended you seek legal advice when dealing with retirement village contracts as the contract can be large with many conditions. Retirement Villages are subject to the Retirement Villages Act, but as long as a village complies with the Act it can decide on the details of its arrangements with its residents! Read more