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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Spotlight on Wills and Estates

With a strong property market and an aging population, it seems disputes over wills will be increasingly common. Many people know of someone who has been involved in a legal claim about a disputed will or defending a contested wil...

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Are you thinking about making a claim against the estate of a person who has died?

Each year many people make claims against the estate of a loved one. There can be many reasons why this can happen. Not everyone can make a claim against a deceased person's estate. The law states that only some people can make...

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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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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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EU Succession Regulation (EU 650/2012) – Relevance for Australian Estate Planning

If you own property in a member state of the European Union or if you are a citizen of an EU member state, then you must consider the EU succession 650/2012 regulation when making your estate plan to ensure your assets are protect...

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