The risks of writing your own Will

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown our lives into a state of uncertainty and during this time many people are considering whether they should make a Will or they are reflecting on their existing Wills to see whether it clearly se...

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What happens when an executor fails to defend actions brought against the estate?

Family provision claims made by a de facto partner and a disabled adult child In Menzies v Perta; Perta v Perta  [2021] VCC 941, the deceased's de facto partner and daughter (from a previous relationship) issued proceedings in ...

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Electronic Execution of Documents – Permanent Changes Afoot

Permanent changes to the laws relating to the electronic signing of documents are emerging from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In mid-2020, the Commonwealth Government introduced temporary measures allowing companies to execute do...

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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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Brace yourselves… ‘Director Identification Numbers’ are coming!

On 12 June 2020, the Federal Parliament passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019, which establishes a lifetime registration system for company directors with the aim of combating i...

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COVID-19 Omnibus Regulations – Electronic signing of documents

The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Electronic Signing and Witnessing) Regulations 2020 were introduced on 11 May 2020 and can be accessed here. These were issued following the introduction of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergenc...

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