Legal News - March 2015

How is an estate distributed if a person dies without a will?
Date: Mar 31, 2015

When a person passes away intestate, their estate will need to be managed in a certain way, and distributed....

Complex testamentary trust leads to legal action
Date: Mar 26, 2015

Testamentary trusts can be a useful addition to a person's estate planning - allowing them to establish trust arrangements....

What will happen if a will doesn't appoint an executor?
Date: Mar 24, 2015

Appointing an executor is an essential part of drafting a will as this person will be responsible for settling....

Excessive costs lead to unsuccessful estate dispute
Date: Mar 18, 2015

When individuals make a claim for family provision from an estate, one of the core considerations the courts will make....

Do you need to include step-children in your estate planning?
Date: Mar 17, 2015

Blended families and step-families have become increasingly common across Australia, creating a new challenge for those considering the estate....

What does a 'no-fault' divorce mean?
Date: Mar 13, 2015

Modern divorces are processed in Australia under the principle that they are a 'no-fault' divorce - a consideration that....

Appeal leads to redistribution of contested estate
Date: Mar 13, 2015

While many individuals will make a family provision claim through the courts, it is important not to....

De facto partnership leads to successful family provision claim
Date: Mar 11, 2015

De facto partnerships are an increasingly common part of Australia's social fabric, and therefore have also become a common....

What should you include in a testamentary trust?
Date: Mar 04, 2015

Testamentary trusts are an important consideration for anyone undertaking the estate planning process. However, testamentary trusts are also a....