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June 2018 “The Law and You”

“The Law and You”

Listen to episodes from June 2018

Every Tuesday at 9.30am Gold Coast’s 4CRB community radio station broadcasts a legal talk back program. In June 2018 the show’s regular host John Fradgley Head of Bell Legal Group’s Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Department was on holiday. Margaret Miller, partner of Bell Legal Group stepped in to answer callers’ questions about “The Law and You”.

See below the topics discussed by Margaret and click the link to listen to that week’s show.


5 June 2018

  • A roundup of interesting consumer news that will save listeners money.
  • How should you deal with superannuation in your estate planning where a husband and wife have no children. Is super part of your estate?
  • What you should know if you want to transfer property from a tenancy in common to a joint tenancy.
  • A listener has concerns about how a daughter, her mother’s attorney, is handling her mother’s money. The mother has Alzheimers.
  • A listener provides a warning about gift cards and why you should keep them secure.


12 June 2018

  • What are the steps to obtain a copy of a will and what are the time limits to notify a claim and file family provision proceedings?
  • If a home is left to a beneficiary in a will, can they move in straight away?
  • How do you find out what your share of an estate is worth?
  • Should you make a codicil if you want to leave money in an investment account to specific beneficiaries or is it better to make a new will? How can a person change their will if they can’t sign it but have full capacity?
  • What can I do if my body corporate is not registered and is not following proper procedures?
  • What is the best estate planning strategy where a home is held as joint tenants? Can my son get half of the house when the other spouse dies?
  • Can a sister make a claim against her brother’s estate?


19 June 2018

  • Do you need to have a paper Certificate of Title where you own your property? What needs to be done when you pay off your mortgage?
  • If you separate from your spouse, are you responsible for their bills?
  • If a mother sells her house, pays off her daughter’s mortgage and moves in with her, how do you avoid the risks that something will go wrong? Can another daughter claim a share of this money from her mother’s estate?
  • What can a beneficiary do if an Executor isn’t administering the estate properly?
  • What can a grandmother do to have contact with her grandchildren after a marriage breakdown if her daughter-in-law refuses?
  • How do you get travel insurance?


26 June 2018

  • Who is responsible for fixing a retaining wall along the side boundary of your property and can you refuse to pay for a new fence if there is nothing wrong with the existing fence?
  • We explain how to make a Power of Attorney and how it has to be signed.
  • How do you find out about the body corporate by-laws before you offer to buy a body corporate property?
  • What can you do when a neighbour’s tree roots have grown under the fence and under your house?
  • Who becomes the Executor if the Executor in the will doesn’t want to act? How do you avoid this happening?
  • We explain how to secure money loaned to an adult child so it is not lost in a family law dispute or business failure.
  • We tell you about Apple and its $9 million ACCC fine for breaching the Australian Consumer Law.
  • What are your rights if something is replaced under warranty? Is the warranty then only for the time left on your warranty?



Please note the topics discussed by Margaret in these radio shows are general in nature. They are not legal advice and should not be taken as such. If you have a legal query and would like advice or assistance, please call us on 07 5597 3366 or send us an email to law@belllegal.com.au