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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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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