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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

  • 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

  • Is Your Discretionary Trust Ready?

    01 DECEMBER 2020 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    If you have a discretionary trust that holds (or may one day hold) real estate, then you need to be aware of a recent change in the law. Read more

  • Choose the Executor of Your Will Wisely!

    01 SEPTEMBER 2020 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING ESTATE DISPUTES

    In a recent case a father had two sons and no other family. The father made a will naming the older son as his executor. The will said that the estate was to be divided equally between the two sons. 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

  • How Having Interests In More Than One Country Can Risk Your Estate Planning

    06 DECEMBER 2019 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING

    Leaving evidence and explaining reasoning through documents such as statutory declarations can be of great assistance to your executor in seeing your final wishes are carried out! Read more

  • Should Young People Have Wills?

    02 APRIL 2018 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING

    Most young people have probably never thought of making a will but they may have underestimated their net worth! Read more

  • Misuse of Power of Attorney

    24 AUGUST 2017 WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING

    A Power of Attorney is used to allow someone else to be able to sign documents and make decisions on your behalf. This case is a good example that if your power of attorney is misused there can be legal consequences. Read more