Legal News - Wills and Estates Law

Why a will is as important for young people as it is for older Australians
Date: Apr 14, 2016

When young people think about effective estate planning, they tend to imagine older Australians working with....

Safeguarding the vulnerable through protective trusts
Date: Apr 12, 2016

When a person engages in estate planning, they are doing so to ensure they are protecting....

Can you disinherit an estranged family member?
Date: Mar 08, 2016

In Australia, there is a general view that a person should have the right to....

Are handwritten will amendments legal?
Date: Mar 01, 2016

When estate planning, it is advisable to start as early as possible or else you....

A step-by-step guide to producing a will
Date: Feb 17, 2016

As you get older, you begin to understand what is important and what is not.....

Why do business owners need an estate plan that encompasses succession?
Date: Feb 05, 2016

A small-business owner knows that their time in charge must at some time come to....

Why do I need a Power of Attorney?
Date: Jan 21, 2016

Many people believe that a power of attorney is only useful if you encounter incapacitating medical....

Your rights as the beneficiary of a will
Date: Nov 18, 2015

In any wills and estates situation, it can often appear difficult to understand....

What happens if you've been left out of a will?
Date: Nov 18, 2015

Being left out of a will is never pleasant, but it is possible to have....

How a power of attorney impacts your will - and your options
Date: Nov 13, 2015

When it comes to wills and estates, there are certainly a number of....

Probate in NSW
Date: Nov 09, 2015

Of the numerous wills and estates processes that apply when someone passes away,....

Do I need to lodge a caveat?
Date: Oct 30, 2015

Property law represents a complicated area of Australian law, and those having to work their....

Considerations for assigning Power of Attorney
Date: Oct 28, 2015

Much of the wills and estates discussion process will centre on creating a....

A brief guide to Letters of Administration
Date: Oct 21, 2015

The wills and estates process in NSW is one that's sometimes difficult to navigate, from....

Testamentary trusts and asset protection
Date: Sep 24, 2015

From drafting wills to lodging caveats, wills and estates law in....

What you need to know about executors
Date: Sep 18, 2015

When it comes to estate law, the person assigned to carry out the....

Seeking a family provision order
Date: Sep 10, 2015

There are many instances in which it is prudent to engage the services of an....

Why include an enduring guardian in your estate planning?
Date: Sep 03, 2015

While it is often easier to avoid thinking about it, estate planning is a....

5 celebrities who died intestate
Date: Aug 31, 2015

People who pass away without writing a will are deemed to have died intestate. This....

What happens to my Facebook profile when I die?
Date: Aug 31, 2015

Estate planning can make provisions for almost all of your assets and memorial....

How to decide who should have power of attorney
Date: Aug 31, 2015

One of the most important decisions you'll have to make in

New study finds young Australians less likely to have a will
Date: Aug 31, 2015

A recent survey published by four universities in Australia on wills and estate....

What are the options for changing a will in NSW?
Date: Aug 28, 2015

Writing a will is one of the most important steps in the estate planning process,....

How can estrangement affect a family provision claim?
Date: Aug 19, 2015

People who feel they have been inadequately provided for in someone's will can file a....

4 common reasons for challenging a will
Date: Aug 11, 2015

Wills are designed to make the process of distributing the deceased's assets to beneficiaries as....

Disputing a will through a family provision claim
Date: Aug 10, 2015

Emotions often run high when a loved one passes away. For friends and relatives, the....

How are people made aware of a will?
Date: Aug 06, 2015

In some situations, those with grounds to contest a will may not be in direct....

4 questions to ask before beginning an estate dispute
Date: Jul 08, 2015

Choosing to dispute a will is a big decision for individuals to make, with....

What efforts are needed to settle a case of intestacy?
Date: Jul 07, 2015

In the event of a case of intestacy, an individual close to the deceased....

What documents will form part of your estate planning?
Date: Jul 07, 2015

Many people will assume their estate planning doesn't extend beyond writing a will. However,....

What assets can be included in a testamentary trust?
Date: Jun 23, 2015

Testamentary trusts are frequently used in the estate planning process, as individuals look to....

Should I rewrite my will or make a codicil?
Date: Jun 19, 2015

Having a will in place is the first step towards making sure your assets are....

Writing too many wills can lead to complications
Date: Jun 16, 2015

Having a valid will in place is essential for anyone who wants their assets to....

Dying intestate in a de facto relationship can create problems
Date: Jun 16, 2015

Dying intestate can cause a wide range of problems for friends and family, especially if....

Retirement savings inherited by nation's beneficiaries
Date: Jun 04, 2015

Retirement savings could lie at the heart of a growing number of estate disputes, as figures suggest that....

Can you challenge the will of an estranged parent?
Date: May 29, 2015

Many times family disputes can continue even after someone involved has died. If relatives of a deceased people are intentionally left....

Estate planning not a priority for young Australian couples
Date: May 26, 2015

Research into the spending habits of young, newly-married Australians has turned up some interesting findings.

Many are not thinking long term....

Can step children make a family provision claim in a case of intestacy ?
Date: May 26, 2015

In the estate planning process, dying without a will means a person's property is not distributed according to....

How precise do I need to be in the language of my will?
Date: May 19, 2015

In the estate planning process, writing a will is one of the important aspects of making sure your assets....

What happens if I die without a will and before I've finalised my divorce?
Date: May 18, 2015

It's never too early to write a will. As part of the estate planning process, making a will....

Adult children most likely to contest wills in Australia
Date: May 14, 2015

The will of someone who has died is not always the end of the matter in deciding how their assets....

How does an advance care directive work?
Date: Apr 27, 2015

In the estate planning process, one aspect that is often overlooked is what will happen in....

How will the family business be affected by your estate planning?
Date: Apr 20, 2015

When it comes to planning your estate, it is important to always be aware of commercial agreements within the....

What funeral arrangements should be included in a will?
Date: Apr 16, 2015

Planning for one's own funeral can often be difficult, but it also goes a long way in relieving survivors of many....

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....

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....

Loss of capacity leads to statutory will
Date: Feb 19, 2015

When individuals have lost their testamentary capacity, a person's close relatives have the option to seek a statutory will that will oversee the....

Two sons make successful family provision claim on father's estate
Date: Feb 18, 2015

Family provision claims will hinge on a number of different conditions that individuals making this application will need to satisfy....

What is required to make a will legally binding?
Date: Feb 16, 2015

When individuals begin planning their estate, it is important they take the time to understand the conditions that make a will legally....

Estate liabilities play an important role in final distribution
Date: Feb 06, 2015

In estate disputes where the value of the estate is large, there is potential for the total amount to....

What is the process for contesting a will in NSW?
Date: Feb 03, 2015

Contesting the will of a recently deceased relative is a major decision for individuals to undertake. Not only will people need....

3 common questions about estrangement and family provision claims
Date: Feb 02, 2015

When individuals who are estranged from their deceased relatives begin to consider whether or not to launch a....

Minor successful in making family provision claim
Date: Jan 30, 2015

In some cases, an estate dispute can be brought before the courts by minors - those under the age of....

Unclear relationship leads to issues in applying for letters of administration of an estate
Date: Jan 28, 2015

Individuals will often need to prove they are in a de facto relationship with a deceased person in order to....

Does marriage affect a will?
Date: Jan 23, 2015

Many individuals will be unaware that once they marry, any existing will they had in place will no longer be....

How do letters of administration work?
Date: Jan 14, 2015

Individuals will sometimes need to apply for letters of administration when it comes to handling a deceased estate. By being....

Organisational changes lead to issues with distributing an estate
Date: Jan 07, 2015

As well as family members, many individuals will bequeath their assets to an organisation, such as a charity, as

Estate dispute leads to successful family provision claim
Date: Dec 19, 2014

For partners of a deceased person, deciding whether or not to contest a will can be a difficult....

Court rules against informal will
Date: Dec 17, 2014

Estate disputes can often result from informal wills, as discrepancies arise between the recognised document an individual prepares....

Special disability trust leads to legal action
Date: Dec 11, 2014

Seeking legal counsel is advisable whenever a person undertakes the estate planning process, but is especially important when it comes....

What are the different types of estate dispute?
Date: Dec 08, 2014

When individuals consider contesting the will of a deceased relative, there are a number of different grounds that can be....

Estate dispute begins after insufficient distribution
Date: Dec 08, 2014

While many estate disputes begin because an individual has been left out of a will, there are other....

What you need to know about wills
Date: Nov 27, 2014

A will is a legal document that describes in detail to whom your assets will go in the event of....

Look out for your elderly relatives
Date: Nov 26, 2014

Saturday (June 15) was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

This date was nominated by the United Nations National Assembly in 2006....

Estate dispute begins from inadequate allowances
Date: Nov 24, 2014

One of the most common reasons for an estate dispute is disagreement over whether an individual has received....

Insufficient provision leads to estate dispute
Date: Nov 04, 2014

A recent legal case in the NSW Supreme Court has illustrated the impact of a de facto relationship on....

Family provision claim fails in recent estate dispute
Date: Oct 30, 2014

A recent legal case has illustrated the issues that arise following an estate dispute, with the recipient of a family....

Why include a testamentary trust in your estate planning?
Date: Oct 29, 2014

Undertaking estate planning can be a difficult process for individuals, especially when you consider the range of....

What to know about executing a will
Date: Oct 29, 2014

When it comes to estate planning, one of the most important aspects to consider is who will act as the....

How can intestacy occur?
Date: Oct 22, 2014

Intestacy - when a person dies without a will in place - can create a lot of problems for relatives....

Trustee responsibility a feature in recent estate dispute
Date: Oct 21, 2014

An estate dispute has illustrated the responsibilities that trustees and executors need to bear in mind when....

Court upholds age restrictions in a will
Date: Oct 15, 2014

Anyone who makes a will has the ability to impose conditions on the distribution of the will, provided these do not....

Impact of divorce highlighted in recent estate dispute
Date: Oct 13, 2014

Divorce can often lead to an estate dispute, as even former relationships can take their toll on the distribution....

What you need to know about a notional estate
Date: Oct 10, 2014

These days, estate planning is becoming increasingly difficult, thanks to the wide variety of assets that individuals now hold, including....

Can you contest a will as a de facto spouse?
Date: Oct 03, 2014

These days, the way families are constructed has changed considerably, with subsequent impact on the way that wills and estates....

3 groups who can contest a will in NSW
Date: Oct 01, 2014

If you are engaging in estate planning, or thinking about contesting a will, there are some things....

How can undue influence be used to contest a will?
Date: Sep 30, 2014

There are many different reasons for people to contest a will, from not receiving adequate provision to....

Report: Australians need to re-think end-of-life care
Date: Sep 29, 2014

A recent report has highlighted the state of Australia's end-of-life care, with the recommendation that people ensure their wishes are....

Family provisions highlighted in recent estate dispute
Date: Sep 23, 2014

Individuals have a testamentary freedom when it comes to formulating the specific conditions when they engage in....

Housing provision leads to estate dispute
Date: Sep 18, 2014

The provisions imposed by a recently deceased NSW man in his will have been overturned by the New South Wales....

Conditionality in a will supported by Supreme court
Date: Sep 12, 2014

A recent judgment from the New South Wales Supreme Court has ruled against an attempt to challenge a will....

Clauses in your will can lead to confusion later on
Date: Sep 08, 2014

A recent case at the New South Wales Supreme Court concerned division of the deceased's estate. The will made provisions....

Properly executing a will
Date: Aug 29, 2014

Making sure your will is valid and appointing an executor who knows what they are required to do is important....

Joint tenancy and divorce: Where do you stand?
Date: Aug 28, 2014

Upon the dissolution of a marriage it is important to asses shared property and the beneficiaries of your will to....

Australia is an aged society
Date: Aug 25, 2014

Fifteen per cent of Australia's population will be 65 and older in 2015, making it an aged society, according to....

What is a close personal relationship?
Date: Aug 21, 2014

There are two types of relationships between unmarried people recognised under New South Wales law: close personal relationships and de....

What is a family provision order?
Date: Aug 20, 2014

On March 1 2009 the Succession Act 2009 replaced the Family Provision Act 1982. This means that proceedings for family....

What is decree nisi?
Date: Aug 14, 2014

Equity division was the focus of a recent case at the New South Wales Supreme Court, in which a will....

A will is important for minors too
Date: Aug 14, 2014

A recent case in the New South Wales Supreme Court highlights the importance of estate planning no matter the....

How Special Disability Trusts work
Date: Aug 14, 2014

Making arrangements for the future can be difficult, especially if you have a person who is dependent on you. If you....

Spotlight on dementia is a timely reminder for estate planning
Date: Aug 05, 2014

This year Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Awareness month coincides with the National Missing Persons Week, ensuring dementia gets plenty of attention....

Why you might need the Guardianship Tribunal?
Date: Jul 30, 2014

If you are incapacitated without having appointed an enduring guardian or an enduring power of attorney, then you may lose the....

One in five people talk to a lawyer about end-of-life wishes
Date: Jul 30, 2014

The Council on the Aging NSW (COTA NSW) released its 50+ report on Valentines Day this year. The purpose of....

Multicultural films to encourage organ donation in NSW
Date: Jul 18, 2014

Three films are being made to encourage people with multicultural backgrounds in New South Wales to consider organ and tissue....

Pros and cons of a discretionary trust
Date: Jul 16, 2014

A discretionary trust is often used to conduct financial affairs of family groups. In this type of trust the trustee....

Decision of intestacy made at the NSW Supreme Court
Date: Jul 16, 2014

If a family member dies without a will (intestate), problems can arise regarding the division of their estate. To determine how....

What happens when a will is lost?
Date: Jul 07, 2014

In some unfortunate situations, when someone dies - neither the family nor the executor can find the will.

Initially, it will....

Do you need a grant of probate?
Date: Jul 03, 2014

If you are named as an executor in a deceased's will then you will need to apply for a grant of....

Picking an enduring guardian is an important decision
Date: Jul 01, 2014

Planning? a will is something that many Australians do not want to think about. However, estate planning is....

3 life events worth changing your will for
Date: Jun 25, 2014

Nothing in life stays the same for long - people come and go in our lives and so do events.

Some life....

How to avoid a will dispute
Date: Jun 23, 2014

Death affects people in different ways, which is why it is best not to compound their pain with a confusing or....

Men's Health Week highlights importance of estate planning
Date: Jun 13, 2014

There is never a bad time to start estate planning, but this week is a good reminder for men in....

Common mistakes when estate planning
Date: Jun 04, 2014

Estate planning can be tricky business. The issues that can arise from simple errors can cost dearly after your....

5 myths about wills and estates
Date: May 28, 2014

Estate planning and creating a will is like filling in your tax return. If everything is covered and accounted....

National Palliative Care week highlights importance of estate planning
Date: May 27, 2014

Hospice staff work tirelessly to look after the most vulnerable and sick in their last days. Often the work goes unnoticed....

Is there a time limit on contesting a will?
Date: May 23, 2014

The ideal time to contest a will is as soon as the executor or lawyer has informed all parties of....

Estate planning must-not-forgets
Date: May 13, 2014

When you start to plan your estate and make preparations for a will, it is easy to see how large....

What can an enduring guardian do for you?
Date: May 09, 2014

While we can't know what the future holds for us, we can plan for the worst case scenario and go....

Is there an ideal age to prepare a will?
Date: May 06, 2014

With the world moving at lightning speed, it is often difficult to sit back and focus on what will happen when....

What does an executor do?
Date: Apr 17, 2014

When it comes to estate planning, having the right person or persons in charge of your will....

Leaving a gift for charity when estate planning
Date: Apr 11, 2014

If you regularly support a not-for-profit organisation or charity, you may want to consider how to include this group in....

The importance of estate planning: Intestacy disputes
Date: Apr 09, 2014

A common issue that leads to estate disputes is intestacy.

Intestacy occurs when an individual dies without having....

Can a power of attorney change or dispute a will?
Date: Apr 02, 2014

When estate planning, it is important to appoint a trustworthy individual with the power of attorney to....

How divorce could affect your estate planning
Date: Apr 01, 2014

Following a divorce, it is important to consider the effect your decision can have on your estate planning. If....

Don't forget about your pets when estate planning
Date: Mar 28, 2014

One of the most difficult aspects of estate planning can be deciding who to leave your assets....

Have you made succession and estate planning a priority?
Date: Mar 14, 2014

Australian business owners need to be more proactive about succession and estate planning, AMP Capital reveals.

According to....

What the court may consider when you challenge a will
Date: Mar 13, 2014

If you have been treated unfairly in a loved one's will or received inadequate provision from their estate, you may....

Avoid estate disputes by getting a lawyer to help with estate planning
Date: Mar 07, 2014

While you're not required to enlist the services of a lawyer when creating a will, it's a good idea.

That's because....

What can impact your eligibility to dispute a will
Date: Mar 05, 2014

You've discovered that you're eligible to dispute a will someone has made. However, that doesn't necessarily mean....

Over-65s 'fastest growing age group'
Date: Mar 04, 2014

Australia's population is ageing, and with people living longer than ever before, estate planning has never been more....

When should I review my will?
Date: Feb 19, 2014

It's important to remember that estate planning is an ongoing process. Your will is not a set-and-forget....

Avoid dying intestate with estate planning
Date: Feb 18, 2014

If you've been conducting a little research into the subject of estate planning, there's a good chance....

Where do my assets go if I die intestate?
Date: Feb 18, 2014

If you die intestate, you have no control over who gets your property and possessions. This is decided for you....

Are estate disputes becoming more common?
Date: Feb 16, 2014

It's becoming more and more common to dispute a will, reveals The Independent. It reports the number....

A valid will can help you avoid estate disputes
Date: Feb 13, 2014

One of the ways you can prevent your spouse, de facto partner, children or dependents from being able to

NSW dementia rates and estate planning
Date: Jan 30, 2014

The number of people suffering from dementia is on the rise, states Alzheimer's Australia, with more than 332,000 living with....

Australian retirees are the world's most generous when estate planning
Date: Jan 21, 2014

The latest "Future of Retirement Report" from HSBC Australia provides those who are in the midst of estate....

Have you been treated unfairly? You may want to challenge a will
Date: Jan 15, 2014

Did you know that if you believe you've been treated unfairly, you may be entitled to dispute a....

Have you factored offshore assets into your estate planning?
Date: Jan 08, 2014

If you want to make sure your will doesn't result in estate disputes after your death, you should....

Is estate planning your New Year's resolution?
Date: Jan 07, 2014

What are your New Year's resolutions? If you're like 54 per cent of those who live and work in New....

Australian retirement considerations: estate planning and living arrangements
Date: Dec 27, 2013

As you head for retirement age, there are a number of factors you need to consider. These may include

Have you thought about succession planning?
Date: Dec 18, 2013

In Australia, many business owners concentrate on growing their wealth rather than protecting it through estate planning and....

Are you in a de facto relationship?
Date: Dec 11, 2013

You may be familiar with the term "de facto relationship", but do you know what it means?

The following should hopefully....

NSW government launches bereavement service
Date: Nov 18, 2013

On Friday (November 15), New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell announced the government would be trialling a free bereavement service,....

Australia's high life expectancy doesn't mean you should forget estate planning
Date: Nov 14, 2013

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just published a report that may be of some interest to those in....

Who can dispute a will?
Date: Nov 06, 2013

If you're in the process of estate planning, it's a good idea to know exactly who can

How does superannuation factor into estate planning?
Date: Oct 24, 2013

If you're in the process of estate planning, you should spare a thought for your superannuation fund.

This is....

Who can I leave my assets to when estate planning?
Date: Oct 16, 2013

If you are thinking about creating a will and other aspects of estate planning, there are probably a....

When should you review or revise your will?
Date: Oct 03, 2013

According to the New South Wales Trustee & Guardian: Attorney General & Justice, one of the most common questions people....

International Day of Older Persons
Date: Sep 30, 2013

Tomorrow (October 1) is the International Day of Older Persons.

This was first organised by the United Nations General Assembly in....

Australians need to think more carefully about life insurance
Date: Sep 16, 2013

The subject of life insurance was broached at the AIA Australia Group Insurance Summit, which was recently held in Melbourne.

Those....

Have you thought about end-of-life issues?
Date: Sep 06, 2013

It is important to discuss your end-of-life plans with family and friends, says Ita Buttrose, National President of Alzheimer's Australia.

In....

It's Will Awareness Day!
Date: Aug 16, 2013

Have you given any thought to estate planning lately?

Well, there's no time like the present - it's Will....

Why you shouldn't DIY when it comes to estate planning
Date: Aug 06, 2013

You may have heard talk of the do-it-yourself (DIY) will. Forbes even published an article on the subject....

Australian guide to retirement released
Date: Jul 31, 2013

The Australian Human Rights Commission has just released a new guide that will help people who have reached retirement age....

Government helps older Australians sharpen their skills
Date: Jul 26, 2013

The government has announced that it will be putting $1.2 million into training courses for Australia's elderly citizens.

All those aged....

Australians sign up for palliative care training
Date: Jul 25, 2013

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) launched a Palliative Care Online Training Program in June 2013, and yesterday saw....

NSW invited to talk about death
Date: Jun 24, 2013

NSW's State Parliament House will be hosting a forum on Thursday 27 June titled "Let's Talk About Dying - A....

Understanding Power of Attorney
Date: Jun 19, 2013

There may come a time when you are unable to make financial decisions for yourself. This is where a document....

Disputing a will under the Succession Act 2006
Date: Jun 13, 2013

Under the Succession Act 2006 (NSW), the relations or dependants of a deceased person who feel that they have been....

Give some thought to palliative care
Date: May 21, 2013

A survey of people who have lost a loved one was recently commissioned by Palliative Care Australia and uncovered some....

Misconceptions of Estate Planning
Date: May 10, 2013

The process of estate planning involves preparing for the disposal of your estate in the event of your....

Pets and wills
Date: May 07, 2013

Pets are often overlooked when it comes to estate planning and will writing. You can make sure your....

Life-changing events that will affect estate planning
Date: Apr 30, 2013

Estate planning isn't something you can do once and then never address again. How you want to divide....

Preparing a will - what you need to know
Date: Apr 22, 2013

Writing a will is a central part of estate planning, ensuring you have a legal document that outlines....

Learning estate planning basics
Date: Apr 11, 2013

People may not be aware of the differences between writing a will and estate planning - the terms....

How to dispute a will
Date: Mar 27, 2013

A bereavement is often a traumatising time for family and friends of the deceased, which can make it difficult for....

Remembering to update your will
Date: Feb 27, 2013

When people go about their estate planning, they think that it is done and dusted and they won't....

Importance of discussing estate planning with the family
Date: Feb 22, 2013

When planning for the future, estate planning needs to play an integral part in that discussion as your....

Tennis great's estate to be sold
Date: Feb 07, 2013

To mark the 20th anniversary of his death, the estate of tennis great Arthur Ashe will be sold off to....

Life changes and wills
Date: Jan 15, 2013

Did you know that your will actually becomes invalid once you marry? Only in special circumstances does its validity continue after....

Estate planning for unforeseen circumstances
Date: Jan 14, 2013

The importance of estate planning is most clearly seen when unforseen circumstances occur.

While it is certain that you will....

Proper funeral planning
Date: Dec 17, 2012

If you are thinking about estate planning you should also think about the arrangements you'd like for yourself when....

Restrictions with estate planning
Date: Dec 12, 2012

There are several restrictions with estate planning which you need to remember when you decide to take the important....

Debunking reasons for putting off estate planning
Date: Dec 10, 2012

People have all sorts of reasons for putting off estate planning but most of these reasons are easily debunked.

Often....

Famous people who died intestate
Date: Dec 04, 2012

If you don't have a will, there are a number of implications for your family and that is true regardless....

Estate planning young is important
Date: Nov 30, 2012

People should think about the ramifications of not having a will - and unfortunately, they typically don't do this when they....

Wealthy widow bequeathed large sum of money to neighbour
Date: Nov 28, 2012

Wealthy widow, H, bequeathed her entire estate to her friendly neighbour, G, in her 2005 will.

H was widowed in 1991 and....

Estate planning and your family
Date: Nov 22, 2012

When planning your estate your paramount consideration should be your family. You need to think about your assets and how they....

Seven important life events for estate planning
Date: Nov 20, 2012

1. New Job
When you get your first full-time job, you should think about updating your will or creating one if....

Estate planning and choosing an executor
Date: Nov 09, 2012

No matter what stage of life you are currently at, it is always important that you have a valid will written....

What should be put into a will
Date: Nov 01, 2012

If you are thinking about estate planning but aren't sure where to start, you first have to take....

Pitfalls of dying intestate
Date: Oct 30, 2012

If you have not made your will yet then estate planning should be your first order of business.....

Listing beneficiaries in a will
Date: Oct 30, 2012

If you have decided that it is time for estate planning and working out how you want your....

Life changes that wills should account for
Date: Oct 24, 2012

Estate planning is an important part of life and when you take the step of drawing up a....

Important things to include in your will
Date: Oct 12, 2012

When you are estate planning, there are many things to consider, not the least of which is what....

Estate planning involves choosing a guardian for your children
Date: Oct 03, 2012

For many people, one of the least enjoyable parts of estate planning is appointing your children’s guardian should you....

Choosing an executor of an estate
Date: Oct 03, 2012

According to the Salvation Army, roughly 36 per cent of all Australians do not have a valid will and as....

Artist Andy Warhol's collection up for sale
Date: Sep 07, 2012

The estate of famed artist Andy Warhol is being put up for auction with an estimated 20,000 works of art....

Actor’s revelation about iTunes brought to everyone’s attention
Date: Sep 05, 2012

Rumours that Bruce Willis is planning to sue Apple's iTunes may in fact be just that - but recent headlines....

Basic steps for establishing a trust fund
Date: Aug 30, 2012

Establishing a trust fund is perhaps an intimidating undertaking, especially when you consider the complicated tax structures surrounding it.

A discretionary....

Major life changes and making a will
Date: Aug 30, 2012

Making a will is an essential way for you to communicate your wishes and distribute your assets in the way....

A will is a must today
Date: Aug 28, 2012

This week has marked the annual Law Society Will Awareness Day and is aimed to remedy the fact that 45....

Why should I make a will?
Date: Aug 20, 2012

Regardless of your age, marital status or stage of life, everyone should have a legal will.

While it may be a....

Choosing an executor
Date: Aug 13, 2012

When it comes to making a will, there are plenty of important things to think about - but one key....

Should I make a will myself?
Date: Aug 09, 2012

While there is no legal requirement that says you need to enlist the help of a lawyer when you make....

Should you write a will?
Date: Jul 18, 2012

Will writing is often one of those things that is put to the back of people's minds - but is....

Choosing the right power of attorney
Date: Jul 12, 2012

During the estate planning process, there are all sorts of things you will need to consider, with power....

Appointing an enduring guardian has its benefits
Date: Jul 03, 2012

There are various aspects of the estate planning process to take into account, with writing a will often....

Do you need a power of attorney?
Date: Jun 28, 2012

Establishing a power of attorney is something that many people may never think about until it is too late -....

Avoid dispute with a legally-sound will
Date: May 25, 2012

Seeking the assistance of a wills and estate lawyer can help you produce a document that is legally sound and....

Common mistakes that could lead to estate disputes
Date: Apr 11, 2012

Seeking legal advice is important when writing a will, as this could help avoid estate disputes that may....

What grounds may I have to dispute a will?
Date: Apr 05, 2012

There are some cases where you may find it necessary to dispute a will, with the main two....

Points to consider when revoking a will
Date: Mar 13, 2012

The whole point of the estate planning process is to provide instruction and support to family members and....

Facts to consider before contesting a will
Date: Feb 24, 2012

The whole purpose of estate planning activities is to produce a will and testament that accurately reflects the....

Life's milestones can inspire estate changes
Date: Feb 17, 2012

One common assumption among people under the age of 30 is that they do not need to draw up a....

Kym Bonython's art collection opened for public purchase
Date: Feb 06, 2012

One of Australia's leading art collections is to be sold off through a combination of auctions and online purchases as....

Estate planning for dependants and children
Date: Feb 03, 2012

When it comes to estate planning, many people may like to think that their current activities will not....

Three UK leaders join Legacy10 pledge
Date: Jan 25, 2012

The leaders of the UK's three main political parties have put aside differences to voice their support for a worthy....

Executors play an important role in estate administration
Date: Jan 10, 2012

The important role played by a valid will in assisting the distribution of an estate according to the wishes of....

Legal expert says sibling rivalry to blame for disproportionate estate disputes
Date: Jan 06, 2012

A leading legal expert has suggested that a few simple steps are all that is necessary to help family members....

Why farming families need to focus on estate planning
Date: Jan 04, 2012

For many land owners, 2012 is set to be a bumper year - with a mix of good weather and....

New Year's resolution - make a will
Date: Dec 29, 2011

At this time of year it is common for people to sit down and give some serious thought to how....

Why giving is better than receiving this Christmas
Date: Dec 21, 2011

For many people this festive season the task of choosing gifts that will bring happiness to both the receiver and....

The ageing population may impact on how to challenge a will
Date: Dec 16, 2011

The use of a valid will is a powerful tool for many to be able to have their say on....

Why drafting a will requires careful planning and expert advice
Date: Dec 14, 2011

The important task of drafting a will is sometimes put off because of a lack of understanding over just how....

League legend to be immortalised in bronze
Date: Dec 05, 2011

One of Australia's best-known sports personalities will be immortalised in bronze, allowing his legend to inspire future generations.

Arthur Beetson -....

How your will can reflect the changing pace of society
Date: Nov 28, 2011

A recent speech by a well-known publisher on the place of arts in society has highlighted how changing public values....

Why you should take time to discuss estate planning this holiday season
Date: Nov 25, 2011

This holiday season, many people will be gathering together with family and friends to celebrate the close of another year.

While....

Celebrity estate planning lessons - what you can learn from famous cases
Date: Nov 23, 2011

Ensuring that your assets will be treated the way you want them to after you are gone can be a....

Estate planning and coverage - what can I include in my will?
Date: Nov 22, 2011

In Australia there are a large proportion of people who do not have a legal will in place, perhaps indicating....

Margaret Olley's executors bestow generous bequest on NSW art gallery
Date: Nov 17, 2011

One of Australia's best known still life painters left a million dollar bequest to a regional gallery as part of....

Who will look after your pets?
Date: Nov 14, 2011

For many, the processes of estate planning involves thinking about their family and loved ones - trying to....

ATO ruling could affect SMSF succession and estate planning
Date: Nov 08, 2011

A draft ruling by the ATO about reversionary aspects of self managed super funds (SMSF) could have an impact on....

Sir Richard Branson joins public charity bequest worth £500 million
Date: Nov 03, 2011

Virgin billionaire Sir Richard Branson has joined a number of wealthy public figures in a public pledge to donate ten....

Royal estate planning equalises throne succession
Date: Oct 31, 2011

Succession laws dating back 300 years have been overturned at a recent international meeting involving the heads of state from....

Unique university bequest gives agriculture department the funds to grow
Date: Oct 26, 2011

A unique piece of estate planning has delivered an educational facility with the funds it needs to grow....

Charity receives $1 million donation from anonymous bequest
Date: Oct 17, 2011

The power of the estate planning process was brought into the spotlight on October 10 after it was....

How Steve Jobs protected his family's privacy
Date: Oct 14, 2011

Steve Jobs - co-founder and former CEO of computing giant Apple and animation studio Pixar - died on October 5,....

Australia's population has improved over the last decade
Date: Oct 11, 2011

People are living longer, receiving higher levels of education and are generally earning higher levels of income than in previous....

Study: more Australians are 'happy' with their lot
Date: Oct 04, 2011

Most Australians are happy with the way their lives have turned out, according to a recent report performed by the....

Farmers proud of family heritage
Date: Sep 30, 2011

In Australia, many agricultural properties have been maintained by a single family for generations - in no small part due....

NSW Law Society hosts will awareness events
Date: Sep 29, 2011

New South Wales has hosted over 100 individual events designed to urge members of the public to draft a legal....

How the baby boomers are failing to provide for the next generation
Date: Sep 28, 2011

Traditionally, parents would make an allowance for their children in their estate planning process - putting in place....

Amy Winehouse foundation could inspire others
Date: Sep 21, 2011

The launch of a charity by the family of late singer Amy Winehouse could be set to inspire others to....

What happens to my online accounts when I die?
Date: Sep 19, 2011

There can be a lot of confusion surrounding the topic of asset transferral in the event of a loved one....

Public philanthropists make their donations count
Date: Sep 13, 2011

A number of modern philanthropists have spoken out recently about the benefits of making public donations.

According to a chancellor at....

A wills and estates lawyer is a valuable resource
Date: Sep 09, 2011

Seeking advice from a lawyer who specialises in wills and estate planning is a wise move if you....

SMSFs reflecting future responsibilities
Date: Sep 02, 2011

Australians are showing an increasing willingness to get to grips with their asset management in a trend described by some....

Who can dispute a will?
Date: Aug 30, 2011

When it comes to the matter of wills and estates, many people might think that the deceased would take the....

Small business owners 'concerned' about future planning
Date: Aug 23, 2011

Most family business owners are trying to keep their relatives interested in running the company after they die, a recent....

Will Awareness Day
Date: Aug 19, 2011

Today (August 19) is Will Awareness Day - the first annual event designed to educate Australians about how a will....

Businesses and estate planning
Date: Aug 17, 2011

Many Australians do not have a valid will in place, meaning that their estate - including any business assets -....

Widow gains access to family fortune
Date: Jul 22, 2011

A Melbourne woman has recently gained permission from the Supreme Court to divide up the estate of her late husband.

According....

What happens to my superannuation when I die?
Date: Jul 21, 2011

The assets and property of a deceased person - known as an estate - are divided up according to the....

Marriage and estates - what you need to know
Date: Jul 18, 2011

A written will is a document that details the distribution of a person's assets and possessions in the event of....

Aging population to think about the future
Date: Jul 13, 2011

There's no doubt about it - Australia's population is ageing.

Projections from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have placed the percentage....

Communication is key in making future family decisions
Date: Jul 08, 2011

A commonly cited cause of family friction is a break-down in communications. Family members can sometimes have trouble making their....

'Misconceptions' about making a will
Date: Jun 28, 2011

There are a number of common misconceptions associated with making a will, including ideas that the process is lengthy and....

Estate planning is more than just making a plan
Date: Jun 27, 2011

A good estate plan is more than just making a will to distribute assets - it should also take into....

Wills and estates lawyers 'can help you overcome legal language'
Date: Jun 24, 2011

One of the biggest barriers many people face when they start thinking about making a will is the complications of....

Employers may wish to consider financial education
Date: Jun 08, 2011

Workplaces may wish to provide basic financial education - including estate planning and making a will - as....

Who can make or change a will?
Date: Jun 02, 2011

There are a number of common misconceptions about who can make or change a will.

While many people may....

Things to consider when disputing a will
Date: May 24, 2011

If you feel you have been not been properly provided for or have been left out of a will after....

Never a bad time to make a will
Date: May 23, 2011

While there is a popular misconception that people only need wills when they reach a certain age - the birth....

Aging population ‘may lead to family disputes’
Date: May 16, 2011

As our population ages, family disputes over money may be on the increase - with disagreements over estates and superannuation....

'Seek advice early' with estate planning
Date: May 13, 2011

One financial adviser has emphasised the importance of seeking legal advice "early" if you or a loved one is planning....

New parents should consider estate planning
Date: May 12, 2011

Having a baby is one of life's most significant milestones and it also represents an excellent opportunity for new parents....

'Failure to act' is a major estate planning mistake
Date: May 10, 2011

The biggest estate planning mistake people can make is failing to plan at all, according to one wealth....

'Seek advice' with estate planning
Date: May 06, 2011

A financial adviser can help you navigate the sometimes-murky world of estate planning, particularly if you are considering....