DIY alterations to your Will – what could possibly go wrong?

By Lucille Moala • In Estate Planning, WillsComments Off on DIY alterations to your Will – what could possibly go wrong?

It is important to have your Will and any changes to your Will drafted by a suitably experienced lawyer. You may have a general idea of your intentions when drafting your Will or when making changes to your existing Will yourself, but a lawyer is able to implement your wishes

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Some legal considerations when moving in together

By Margaret Miller • In Estate Planning, Family Law, WillsComments Off on Some legal considerations when moving in together

Some legal considerations when moving in together Becoming part of a couple and moving in together can trigger unexpected legal and financial consequences. Generally, financial motivation is not the reason most couples move in together but, if you are considering coupledom, it makes sense to consider any financial traps and

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DESTROYING YOUR WILL NOT AS STRAIGHTFORWARD AS YOU THINK

By Dan O'Connor • In Estate Planning, Estates, WillsComments Off on DESTROYING YOUR WILL NOT AS STRAIGHTFORWARD AS YOU THINK

Testamentary wishes are dynamic. As personal circumstances and relationships change over the years, our testamentary intentions normally evolve to reflect these developments. If this extends to the point that the testator no longer agrees with the terms of their existing will they may choose to revoke the document by destroying

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Making an effective gift to charity under your will

By Dan O'Connor • In Estate Planning, Estates, WillsComments Off on Making an effective gift to charity under your will

Australians are renowned for their generosity, but many people fail to reflect on the possibility of naming a charity when it comes to drafting their will. Most charities do not receive government support and therefore rely solely on donations to fund their philanthropic objectives. Charitable bequests are a great way

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Informal wills: a logical but costly advance in the Law of Succession

By Dan O'Connor • In Estate Planning, Estates, WillsComments Off on Informal wills: a logical but costly advance in the Law of Succession

One of the more intriguing developments in Succession Law over the past few years has been the rise of ‘informal’ wills as a legitimate testamentary instrument. Following amendments to the Succession Act 1981 (Qld) in 2006, the law in Queensland now permits a court to dispense with the formal requirements

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Update – Facebook ‘Legacy Contact’ Feature Now Available in Australia

By Ella McNamara • In Estate Planning, EstatesComments Off on Update – Facebook ‘Legacy Contact’ Feature Now Available in Australia

Following our recent article on the introduction of Facebook’s ‘legacy contact’ feature for users in the United States, Facebook has now made the feature available for Australian users from 13 May 2015. Australian Facebook users who are over the age of 18 years now have the ability to appoint a

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An End in Sight? Gina Rinehart’s Eldest Daughter Bianca Rinehart Given Control of $4 Billion Family Trust

By Ella McNamara • In Estate Planning, LitigationComments Off on An End in Sight? Gina Rinehart’s Eldest Daughter Bianca Rinehart Given Control of $4 Billion Family Trust

Most readers would be familiar with the highly publicised ongoing legal dispute between members of the Rinehart family concerning the lucrative Hope Margaret Hancock Trust (‘the Trust’). The Trust is valued at over $4 Billion in assets, including a substantial shareholding in the family’s flagship company Hancock Prospecting. In September

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SUPERANNUATION NEWSFLASH: Recent cases highlight the need for proper Estate Planning advice

By Ella McNamara • In Estate PlanningComments Off on SUPERANNUATION NEWSFLASH: Recent cases highlight the need for proper Estate Planning advice

Two recent decisions have highlighted the importance of proper Estate Planning advice in relation to your superannuation, particularly in respect to entitlements held in Self-Managed Superannuation Funds. Ioppolo v Conti In the Western Australian case of Ioppolo & Conti [2015] WASCA 45, the Court of Appeal had to consider the

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Facebook – A new form of online memorials

By Carla Parsons • In Estate Planning, EstatesComments Off on Facebook – A new form of online memorials

Although not yet available for Australian users, Facebook has recently announced a new feature that will allow users to nominate a ‘Legacy Contact’. If nominated, a Legacy Contact would have the ability to manage the account should the user pass away. Permissions granted to the Legacy Contact could include the

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Property settlement with your ex-partner has been finalised, what could possibly go wrong? You’d be surprised …

By Margaret Miller • In Estate Planning, Estates, Family Law, WillsComments Off on Property settlement with your ex-partner has been finalised, what could possibly go wrong? You’d be surprised …

A recent news item has highlighted the importance of getting proper legal advice and attending to important legal matters once a relationship has ended.  In particular, a new Will should be made upon separation to prevent the distress that arose recently when a separated, but not yet divorced, man died.

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