This is the second in our series of articles on the uncertainties of death. (Click here to read Part 1.) Another common misconception is that it is not possible in Queensland to have more than one … [Read more...] about The Uncertainties of Death – Part 2
Queensland has become the fifth State to pass laws relating to Voluntary Assisted Dying. The scheme will be operational from January 2023. The key points: 1. Voluntary Assisted Dying (“VAD”) … [Read more...] about Voluntary Assisted Dying
This is the first in our series of articles on the uncertainties of death and busting some common Estate Planning myths. Myth - If I pass away without a Will “everything just goes to my spouse… … [Read more...] about The Uncertainties of Death
For a Will to be valid, it must meet certain formal requirements. In broad terms, the Will needs to be in writing, signed by the person making it before two witnesses. So, what happens when a … [Read more...] about Traps to avoid when making a Will
Have you made (or are you intending to make) a gift to a charity in your Will? What if the charity ceases to exist? This issue recently faced the Queensland Supreme Court for … [Read more...] about As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled
Recently, our firm assisted in a matter where the original Will of our client’s late father could not be located. Our client could only locate a copy of the signed Will. The Court ended up … [Read more...] about Do you know where your original Will is?
If you have recently moved to QLD from another Australian State or Territory, it may be time to review your Will and Enduring Power of Attorney. The legislation regarding Wills and Enduring Powers … [Read more...] about Is it time to review your Will and Enduring Power of Attorney?
On 30 November 2020 numerous changes were made to the law regarding Queensland Guardianship Systems. Some of the changes that came into effect include: Changes to the general principles and … [Read more...] about Major changes to laws relating to Powers of Attorney
It is often the case that executors live far and wide and that is usually not an issue in estate administration. Care must, however, be taken before appointing an overseas resident to be the sole … [Read more...] about What if my proposed executor lives overseas?
People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of having in place a Binding Death Benefit Nomination to dictate who receives their superannuation on death. Your superannuation is not an … [Read more...] about The Superannuation Nomination has expired and the member has lost capacity!