Wills, Estate Planning and Administration

Appointing a guardian in your Will

Posted on June 09, 2017

If you have minor children, you can appoint someone in your will to act as their guardians in the event of you passing away. What is the…

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Inheritance claims – Who can make a claim against your estate?

Posted on May 23, 2017

In South Australia, only certain people are entitled under the Inheritance (Family Provision) Act 1972 (“the Act”) to make a claim against…

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What happens if a will is lost?

Posted on July 13, 2016

Once a will is made it remains valid until it is intentionally revoked by the will maker. But what happens after the will maker passes away…

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After you die, can your partner contest your estate even though you are not legally married?

Posted on July 03, 2015

If your relationship is classed as a “domestic relationship” then the answer to that question is “yes.” With four in five Australian…

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Is your existing will really up to date?

Posted on April 16, 2015

Recently, we reviewed some of our deceased estate files which involved a claim from a disgruntled beneficiary or some other kind of…

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Advance Care Directives

Posted on December 17, 2014

Recently, the law changed in respect of appointing people to make medical and personal decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make…

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Assisting a suicide and the Forfeiture Rule

Posted on October 31, 2014

A recent Queensland case applied the rarely used Forfeiture Rule. The Forfeiture Rule is when a person who is found guilty of murder or…

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A Legal Dispute over a Funeral

Posted on October 01, 2014

Virtually all disputes over a deceased estate involve money. However, as a recent court case in Queensland demonstrates, the funeral of a…

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The value of Binding Death Benefit Nominations for your Superannuation

Posted on September 24, 2014

A recent court case has highlighted the importance of having a binding death benefit nomination that directs where your superannuation…

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Testamentary Trusts and Capital Gains Tax (CGT)

Posted on August 02, 2014

Although not expressly stated in the income tax legislation, for many years the Australian Taxation Office has adopted the practice of…

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